Death behind the Curtain

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt za oponou

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

17.03.1967

Director

Antonín Kachlík

Screenplay

Antonín Kachlík, Vladimír Bor

Summary

In 1966, director Antonín Kachlík expressed an interest in the popular detective genre. His adaptation of the novel Anděl hraje na violu (An Angel Plays the Viola) by Pavel Hejcman offered spectators the attractive setting of the theatre. A team of investigators look into the murder of prima ballerina Havlová (Květa Fialová). Captain Chrástek (in an unusual role for Miroslav Horníček) eventually finds himself on the trail of an international gang trafficking heroin from France to Italy via Czechoslovakia. The gang even has members among the theatre’s staff… Jaroslav Satoranský plays the part of Chrástek's colleague Mareček. The popular singer Valdemar Matuška – who took on numerous acting assignments during the 1960s – plays French trafficker Orbigny. Smrt za oponou (Death behind the Curtain, 1966)was also filmed in the former East Germany.

Synopsis

The members of an organization of heroin smugglers are sending a consignment of the drug from France into Italy by a new route through Sweden, East Germany and Czechoslovakia. - In the Fibich Theatre in Prague the atmosphere is nervous before a ballet premiere. The performance is interrupted at the very beginning. The prima ballerina Milada Havlová is found dead in her dressing room. The autopsy and analyzis of a syringe show that Havlová has taken a lethal dose of heroin. Captain Chrástek, who is entrusted with the investigation, is convinced that the case is one of murder. Questioning and other searches in the theatre reveal all kinds of interests and intrigues that might hold the key to Milada's death. During a search of Havlová's flat, heroin is found in her powder compact. Chrástek is also interested in the implications of a box of sweets that was send to Havlová but delivered to the theatre after her death. It leads Chrástek to the Čedok travel agency and Alena Volná, a guide on trips to Rügen. Alena at first conceals the fact, but after her partner in Germany tries to strangle her, she confesses that she brought Havlová packages from East Germany. Hearing her testimony it is clear to Chrástek that the whole case concerns an international gang of smugglers that have a collaborator in the theatre. He therefore sets a trap for the murderer, and catches the choreographer Laube and his partner from abroad.

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Cast

Miroslav Horníček

kapitán Chrástek

Jaroslav Satoranský

poručík Mareček

Jiří Mikota

nadporučík Antoš

Květa Fialová

tanečnice Milada Havlová

Lenka Fišerová

tanečnice Jana Pilátová

Gabriela Vránová

průvodkyně zájezdů Alena Volná

Stanislav Šimek

tanečník Procházka

Lubomír Lipský

choreograf Laube

Ilja Prachař

ředitel divadla Macek

Josef Langmiler

dirigent Krejčí

Jiří Vršťala

pašerák Filip Lavedan

Waldemar Matuška

pašerák Orbigny

Hannjo Hasse

německý policista Hans Kreibe

Karel Pavlík

kriminalista Havlíček

Marie Rovenská

důchodkyně Otílie Jelínková

Květoslava Houdlová

Jitčina matka

Bohuš Pastorek

kriminalista Pirko

František Kubíček

vrátný Kotásek

Alena Kaslová

tanečnice Krista Máchová

Josef Stehlík

děda Vlasák, domovní důvěrník

Alexej Kusák

Ital

Arthur Jopp

velitel námořní policie

Antonín Jedlička

inspicient

Jiří Hoščálek

tanečník

Věra Chocová

tanečnice

Jana Heyduková

tanečnice

Milan Ječmínek

tanečník

Eva Kaprálová

tanečnice

Eva Hřebenářová

tanečnice

Jarmila Kostlivá

tanečnice

Miroslava Krčálová

tanečnice

Miroslav Kydlíček

tanečník

Petr Novák (2)

tanečník

Jiří Paclík

tanečník

Ludmila Rašpličková

tanečnice

Zdeněk Sudek

tanečník

Věra Sudková

tanečnice

Dana Špédlová

tanečnice

Pavel Vitinger

tanečník

Zdeňka Zvonařová

tanečnice

Jiří Žalud

tanečník

Marie Plášilová

tanečnice

P. Režná

tanečnice

Kaštánková

tanečnice

Marie Štichová

kostymérka

Jan Baloun

pianista

Dubbing

Alena Kreuzmannová

hlas tanečnice Máchové

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Toms, Lilian Havlíčková

Based on

Pavel Hejcman (Anděl hraje na violu – kniha)

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Pavel Nečesal

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Oldřich Halaza, Ludmila Sovová, František Zajíček

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Jiří Bečka

Unit Production Manager

Martin Günther Britting, Josef Hudlička, Olga Mimrová

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslava Pražská

Cooperation

Jiří Hlupý, Pavla Marková, Eva Lichtensteinová

Music

Music Composed by

Vladimír Sommer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Divocí koně

Songwriter

Karel Mareš (Divocí koně)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Schneider (Divocí koně)

Singer

Waldemar Matuška (Divocí koně)

Choreographer

Věra Untermüllerová

Danced by

Balet Divadla J. K. Tyla v Plzni

Production info

Original Title

Smrt za oponou

English Title

Death behind the Curtain

Working Title

Anděl hraje na violu

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Premiere

17.03.1967

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Format

Betacam