The End of the Agent W4C

parody, spy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Konec agenta W4C prostřednictvím psa pana Foustky

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

06.10.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Vorlíček

Screenplay

Oldřich Daněk, Václav Vorlíček

Screenstory

Oldřich Daněk

Summary

Václav Vorlíček’s Konec agenta W4C prostřednictvím psa pana Foustky (The End of Agent W4C), a James Bond-style parody of films about indestructible secret agents, is a rarity in Czechoslovak cinematography. The most bizarre aspect of the 1967 film is that viewers behind the Iron Curtain had no opportunity to see any Bond movies at that time, as censors regarded them as an example of reviled Western popular culture. However, cooperation between Vorlíček and playwright Oldřich Daněk resulted in a screenplay in which characters and tropes from the decadent “capitalist” genre come face to face with the small Czech reality. The focus of this encounter – as seen in numerous other parodies and comedies over the decades – is a regular Czech guy, Foustka, an unassuming, naive and good-natured accountant who owns a little dog named Pajda. Foustka sparks a situation in which secret service officers from around the world battle to obtain a secret military plan to make use of Venus hidden in an ordinary salt cellar. The most important of them is Cyril Juan Borguette (an utterly elegant Jan Kačer), the world’s greatest spy, codenamed agent W4C. The absurdly conceived picture packed with verbal and situational humour still has a fresh feel today, despite the fact that Daněk, who penned the story and co-wrote the screenplay, did not provide Vorlíček with material of the quality of his favoured writer Miloš Macourek, with whom the director had worked a year previously on the successful comedy Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?). The detachment of Foustka, as portrayed with inimitable humanity by Jiří Sovák, allows him to come out on top in the cold world of hard-bitten, merciless spies and femme fatales (personified by the sensuous Alice, played by Květa Fialová).

Synopsis

The invincible agent Cyril Juan Borguette alias W4C has been assigned a mission to go to a certain hotel in an "unknown city" - Prague, get hold of a saltcellar with a plan for the military exploitation of Venus hidden in it, and hand it over to the beautiful agent Alice. He will have to compete for the saltcellar with other agents working for the world's various greater and smaller powers. The head of a counter-intelligence unit in the "unknown city" gets news of agent W4C's mission. Deficient in personnel, he nominates accountant Foustka as agent 13B. Mr Foustka takes his dog Pajda with him and the two head for the airport. Pajda helps him track down agent W4C in a classy hotel that becomes the battleground for the interests and plans of the secret agents from different countries, each trying to get hold of the precious saltcellar. The accountant joins this high-stakes game. He saves the beautiful agent Alice from drowning in the swimming pool, wins a swimming race and finally also finds the saltcellar, the secret of which is worth one billion Czechoslovak crowns. Alice and the agent W4C win nothing at all. Alice ends up all alone because when a special alarm clock explodes, shoes are all that remains of the great agent. Mr Foustka is not pleased either. He has dreamt of becoming the head accountant but is instead promoted to number one agent.

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Cast

Jan Kačer

agent W4C Cyril Juan Borguette

Květa Fialová

agentka Alice Robertsová

Jiří Sovák

účetní Josef Foustka

Jan Libíček

rezident

Jiří Pleskot

šéf agentury nejmenované podmocnosti

Jaroslav Kepka

agent s plamenometem

Václav Kotva

agent v krbu

Ivo Gübel

agent

Otto Šimánek

zbrojíř du Jardin

Antonín Šůra

reportér/francouzský policista

Věra Bauerová

recepční

Jan Cmíral

pořadatel

Jaroslav Heyduk

ječící mužík

Alena Kreuzmannová

sekretářka

Hana Talpová

barmanka, agentka G 15

Helena Růžičková

dáma v baru

Luďa Marešová

dáma v baru

Petr Čepek

ekvádorský plavec

Valtr Taub

velký šéf

Miloš Vavruška

snědý muž s kinžálem

Antonín Pražák

řidič na letišti

Stanislav Zindulka

důstojník

Karel Bezděk

příslušník VB

Oldřich Hoblík

příslušník VB

Jiří Sedlmayer

příslušník VB

Vladimír Hora

hudebník

Viktor Klinger

hudebník

Karel Kos

hudebník

Čestmír Preclík

hudebník

Jana Weberová

dívka

Jana Sedlmajerová

liftgirl

Dana Reimová

sekretářka

Zdeněk Skalický

vrchní na schodech

Isabella Tylínková

zpěvačka

Zuzana Talpová

slečna u baru

K. Hejl

dubl za Kačera

Dubbing

Vladimír Šmeral

hlas rezidentova nadřízeného

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Screenstory

Oldřich Daněk

Shooting Script

Václav Vorlíček

Script Editor

Alexandr Kliment

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Macák

Camera Operator

Petr Pešek

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Jiří Drégr, Oldřich Halaza

Costume Designer

Soňa Vorlíčková

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Věra Kadlecová

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Dousek, Václav Havlík

Unit Production Manager

Vladimír Tišer

Cooperation

Luďka Žáková, E. Husmannová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Konec agenta W4C

Songwriter

Svatopluk Havelka (Konec agenta W4C)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Konec agenta W4C)

Singer

Judita Čeřovská (Konec agenta W4C)

Production info

Original Title

Konec agenta W4C prostřednictvím psa pana Foustky

English Title

The End of the Agent W4C

Working Title

Konec agenta W4C

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

06.10.1967

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1967 a obnovená 1981)

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Versions

Czech