Arrow Films bring you Closely Observed Trains this February

Arrow Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Jiri Menzel's tragicomic Closely Observed Trains for 16th February 2004 with a retail price of £17.99. Based on Bohumil Hrabal's best-selling novel of the same name, Jiri Menzel's film adaptation is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of the Czech New Wave movement of the mid-1960s. Universally acclaimed by critics, in 1968 the film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Film) and, in 1969, received nominations for two BAFTA Awards (Best Film and Best Soundtrack).

The story concerns Milos Hrma, a trainee dispatcher at the local village railway station during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Keen to follow in the footsteps of his work-shy father, grandfather and great grandfather before him, Milos is intent on getting through life with as little effort as possible. Oblivious to the ongoing war and social unrest around him, he is obsessed and sexually frustrated by his ongoing failure to lose his virginity to Masa, a beautiful train conductress. Milos' severe feelings of inadequacy eventually lead him to consider suicide, but when a plot to blow up a German ammunition train backfires, he is given the chance to finally become a man by committing a supreme act of courage.

Menzel's film is an extremely funny coming of age comedy, full of tenderness and charm, enlightened by its loveably absurd situations and wonderful characters. Closely Observed Trains remains a much-loved and fondly remembered film by all those lucky enough to experience it. As testament to this, in Sight and Sound magazine's 2002 Top Ten Poll director Ken Loach voted Closely Observed Trains one of the ten best films of all time.

Unfortunately we have no details on the DVD release at this time other than the retail price, release date and the front cover artwork below...


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