Carlsbad Transit

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1965—1966

Premiere

25 November 1966

Runtime

94 min

Category

film

Genre

spy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Transit Carlsbad

Czech title

Transit Carlsbad

English title

Carlsbad Transit

Summary

In this crime drama directed by Zbyněk Brynych, the spa town of Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) is presented as an elegant holiday resort attracting the international elite from the world of espionage. Transit Carlsbad (Carlsbad Transit, 1966) is an extraordinary item in screenwriter Jiří Procházka’s filmography. An implausible narrative follows the progress of successful Austrian biologist Dr. Lucke (Miroslav Macháček) who has become the target of several international spies following his invention of an artificial protein. Fortunately for the shy scientist, his stay in Carlsbad’s Moskva-Pupp hotel is left largely undisturbed thanks to the safeguards of mysterious agent 006, otherwise known as Elizabeth (Valentina Thielová). It turns out that 006 is a State Security employee… The film was not intended as a parody but was a distant take on otherwise unattainable James Bond movies. Jiří Adamíra, Josef Vinklář and Jiří Holý played the thwarted spies.

Synopsis

Austrian biologist, Professor Lucke, has invented an artificial albumen that may partially substitute for food in the future. The shy elderly man lives only for his science and has now come to have a rest in a spa. He has nice memories of Carlsbad from his childhood when he visited the town with his father. Lucke has no idea about being the centre of attention of a whole lot of suspiciously behaving people who, like him, have rented a room in the luxurious Carlsbad hotel Moskva-Pupp. Two Frenchmen - Mercadier and Carter - try to sneak into the scientist's room and steal his notebook. American agent Penniker knows both of them as colleagues of the same profession but his plan is much more daring. He invites a group of young men - reportedly American basketball players - to Carlsbad to kidnap Lucke, smuggle him over the border in a secret compartment of their car trunk and transport him to the United States. In the meantime, a mysterious elegant lady named Elizabeth has become a friend of Lucke. The members of the secret police arrive to the spa, warned by their agent "Six" about the prepared kidnapping. They seemingly let Penniker carry out the action - but instead of Lucke, the drugged and bound French agent Carter is taken to the border. Lucke peacefully enjoys his spa sojourn. Now we can see Agent "Six" - Elizabeth - leaving Carlsbad in a sport car, having successfully completed her mission.

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Cast

Miroslav Macháček

profesor dr. Hubert Lucke, biolog

Jiří Adamíra

Francouz Mercadier

Josef Vinklář

Francouz Carter

Jiří Holý

americký agent Penniker

Jaroslav Raušer

Tarten, Pennikerův spolupracovník

Josef Bláha

sovětský generál

Ilja Prachař

náčelník StB

Vladimír Stach

liftboy Antonín

Zdeněk Dítě

příslušník StB Chmelíček

Bohuš Záhorský

PhDr. Konrád

František Vicena

příslušník StB

Josef Koza

příslušník StB

Viktor Maurer

příslušník StB

Oleg Reif

příslušník StB

Mirko Musil

příslušník StB

Vlastimil Hašek

příslušník StB

Ladislav Smoček

dr. Kabeška

Lena Birková

prodavačka oplatek

Josef Větrovec

velitel Pohraniční stráže

Eva Weissová

úřednice na Rozvadově

Jan Hašek

muž StB

Mirko Musil

muž StB

J. Fiala

muž StB

Miloslav Šindler

příslušník Pohraniční stráže

Vladimír Navrátil

příslušník Pohraniční stráže

J. Brochová

šatnářka

Antonín Kryl

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

Ilja Racek

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

Jaroslav Tetiva

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

K. Machač

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

J. Mikeš

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

J. Hartman

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

R. Ráž

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

J. Dostál

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

V. Železný

člen basketbalového mužstva Rangers

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ota Koval

Assistant Director

Věra Pištěková

Director of Photography

Jan Kališ

Second Unit Photography

František Uldrich, Alexandr Rašilov

Camera Operator

Petr Pešek

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Emanuel Dvořáček, Jiří Čermák, Vladimír Ježek, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Olga Dimitrovová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Miloš Alster

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Vladislav Špidra, Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Vít Pešina

Consultant

Vladimír Pešek, A. Altschul

Cooperation

Miroslava Vopěnková (klapka), Miloslav Mirvald (fotograf), zaměstnanci grandhotelu Moskva-Pu

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Sternwald

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Studiová skupina Karla Duby (Music Conducted by Karel Duba)

Production info

Original Title

Transit Carlsbad

Czech Title

Transit Carlsbad

English Title

Carlsbad Transit

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

spy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1965—1966

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 15 September 1965
start of filming 27 October 1965
end of filming 14 July 1966
projection approval 19 October 1966

Premiere

premiere 18 November 1966 /suitable for youths/ (kino Alfa /2 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 25 November 1966 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

94 min

Original length in metres

2 686 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, English, German, French

Subtitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech