THIS A COMPLIMENTARY SCREENING COURTESY OF THE MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY. THE DIRECTOR, JERI MENZEL, WILL BE INTERVIEWED BY PHILLIP KAUFMAN. EVERYONE WHO RSVP'S BY MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, 9/22 WILL HAVE A TICKET WAITING FOR THEM AT THE THEATRE. PLEASE DON'T RSVP UNLESS YOU INTEND TO BE THERE! IF YOU RSVP "YES," PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL ([masked])WITH YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, AS WELL AS THE FIRST AND LAST NAMES OF YOUR GUESTS, IF YOU HAVE THEM. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS BY THE DEADLINE FOR RSVP'S, THERE WILL NOT BE A TICKET WAITING FOR YOU.
Czech director Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains (Ostre sledovane vlaky) was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. In the story, based on Bohumil Hrabal's novel of the same name, Vaclav Neckar plays a Czech railroad worker during the Nazi occupation. He undergoes several philosophical changes as he becomes attracted to the Czech underground. Determining at last that his own existence hardly matters in the scheme of things, Neckar volunteers for a suicide mission. Ordered by the Czech Communist government to return his Oscar, Menzel refused, opting instead to make a "repentance" film which sang the praises of collectivism. This second film has long since been forgotten, while Closely Watched Trains remains on record as one of the biggest financial successes of the Eastern European Cinema. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Trailer and Discussion
Your names have been submitted to the Academy and tickets should be waiting for you. Complimentary parking is provided at:
8920 Wilshire Blvd. (enter off of La Peer)
9025 Wilshire Blvd. (enter off Wetherly)
Parking facilities close 30 minutes after the conclusion of an event.
I will meet you in the lobby of the theatre around 7:10.