Death Chooses

detective, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt si vybírá

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

23.03.1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Vorlíček

Screenplay

Jaroslav Kořán

Screenstory

Jaroslav Kořán

Summary

In 1972, director Václav Vorlíček created one of the most overlooked items from his filmography – this crime drama, based on a screenplay by translator Jaroslav Kořán. Following a series of fantastical comedies, including “Pane, vy jste vdova!” (You Are a Widow, Sir, 1970) and Dívka na Koštěti (The Girl on the Broomstick, 1971), in Smrt si vybírá (Death Chooses, 1972) Vorliček focuses on gradually revealing the secret life of a postal driver. Radek Šimek has been shot, and colleague Honza Marek tries to solve the case by himself. The trail leads all the way to the members of the band Flamingo, primarily to beautiful singer Klára. Václav Postránecký plays the role of the amateur detective in this simple tale. Jana Šulcová stars as Klára (her singing parts are dubbed by the real singer of the actual Flamingo band, Marie Rottrová).

Synopsis

Radek Šimek, a mail-van driver, is shot dead behind the viaduct in the Prague quarter of Hlubočepy. Robbery is soon ruled out as a motive because Šimek was transporting only a small amount of money. Driver Honza Marek, who took turns with Šimek, starts investigating of his own accord. Although he co-owned a used Russian Volga car with Šimek, he realizes he knew very little about his friend's private life. He looks up Klára, the pretty singer of a music group called Flamingo, whose photograph he found in Šimek's book. The girl is shocked by the news that Šimek was murdered. At the time of the murder, she and her group were recording at the radio studio, so they have an alibi. Křížek, manager of the group, is known to the police as a hustler and profiteer. Honza starts running errands for the group with his car, just as Šimek did. Křížek sends him to the town of Liberec to find out if Šimek had delivered an antique gold watch to the foreign manager Dittmar as a bribe for a contract he promised. Klára accompanies Honza on the trip and the two young people become friends. Dittmar catches Honza in his room and beats him up. Later on, Honza finds the watch in a locker he and Šimek shared in the garage. His colleague Vodička hands the watch in to the police. Honza then finds out that Míra, the sound engineer who is platonically and jealously in love with Klára, never attended recording sessions with the group. Míra stops Honza's car at the same spot where he had stopped Šimek some time ago. Fortunately, his attempt to shoot his rival is not successful. Police cars and mail-vans alerted by Vodička prevent the murderer from escaping.

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Cast

Václav Postránecký

řidič Honza Marek

Jana Šulcová

zpěvačka Klára Hirschová

Jan Libíček

Křížek, manažer skupiny Flamingo

Jaroslav Moučka

Vodička, Markův kolega

Jaroslav Drbohlav

zvukař Míra

Ladislav Mrkvička

kytarista Miky

Gustav Heverle

vyšetřovatel, kapitán VB

Petr Pospíchal

Horáček, pomocník vyšetřovatele

Lubor Tokoš

manažer Joachim Dittmar

Miloš Willig

průvodce v muzeu

Oldřich Velen

lékař VB

Oskar Gottlieb

konferenciér

Karel Pavlík

vedoucí pošty

Bohumil Šmída

expert na starožitnosti

Svatopluk Skládal

vrchní číšník

Richard Kovalčík

vedoucí skupiny Flamingo

Vladimír Figar

hráč na klávesové nástroje

Jan Hasník

kytarista skupiny Flamingo

Jiří Urbánek

baskytarista skupiny Flamingo

Radek Dominik

bubeník skupiny Flamingo

Rudolf Březina

tenorsaxofonista skupiny Flamingo

Zdeněk Braunschläger

rozhlasový režisér

Jan Cmíral

nadstrážmistr VB

Jaroslav Klenot

příslušník VB

Jiří Mikota

příslušník VB

Jaroslav Tomsa

příslušník VB/vazoun

Miroslav Saic

mladý příslušník VB

Karel Černoch

hvězda pop music

Eugen Jegorov

hvězda pop music

Karel Štědrý

hvězda pop music

Karel Fridrich

vrátný v poštovních garážích

Věra Hanslíková

matka Radka Šimka

Richard Záhorský

otec Radka Šimka

Vít Pešina

listonoš a řidič

Václav Vondráček

poštovní úředník

Petr Jákl

vazoun

Věra Kolářová

listonoška

Alexandra Koutná

blondýna

Jaroslava Pokorná

recepční hotelu Imperiál

Jiřina Bílá

uvaděčka

Ladislav Šimek

recepční

Miloslav Šindler

naskakující muž

František Jákl

listonoš

Eduard Žemla

novinář

Anna Zemková

zpěvačka v Liberci

Jindra Kvardová

zaměstnankyně muzea

Alexander Hemala

mladík na koncertě

Dubbing

Jiří Bruder

hlas vedoucího pošty

Oldřich Vízner

hlas vedoucího skupiny

Jan Kanyza

hlas bubeníka

Luděk Munzar

hlas lékaře

Karel Augusta

hlas příslušníka VB /mimo obraz/

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Ivana Tokošová, Dagmar Švejdová

Screenstory

Jaroslav Kořán

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák, Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, František Straka, J. Sieber

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí, Jiří Šebor

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Mathauserová, Josef Mojžíš, Věra Winkelhöferová

Consultant

mjr. Miloslav Šimek, Josef Zelenka

Cooperation

Olga Hrčková, Jaromír Komárek, Jitka Šulcová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Flamingo

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO), Richard Kovalčík (skupina Flamingo)

Songs

Život utíká, Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí, Mistrál, Mandarín, Bílé tulipány

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Život utíká), Karel Svoboda (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí), Karel Svoboda (Mistrál), Karel Svoboda (Mandarín), Karel Svoboda (Bílé tulipány)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Rytíř (Život utíká), Vladimír Poštulka (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí), Jiří Štaidl (Mistrál), Vladimír Poštulka (Mandarín), Vladimír Poštulka (Bílé tulipány)

Singer

Jana Šulcová [dab] (Život utíká), Marie Rottrová (Život utíká), Milan Drobný (Tak pouze láska kouzlit umí), Karel Gott (Mistrál), Jiří Korn (Mandarín), Naďa Urbánková (Bílé tulipány)

Production info

Original Title

Smrt si vybírá

English Title

Death Chooses

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Premiere

23.03.1973

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech