The Courrier Who Vanished

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1980—1981

Premiere

16 October 1981

Runtime

86 min

Director

Otakar Fuka

Category

film

Genre

sci-fi

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kam zmizel kurýr

Czech title

Kam zmizel kurýr

English title

The Courrier Who Vanished

Working title

Kurýr ze souhvězdí Pegas

Summary

Filmmakers have been drawn to the short stories and novellas of Josef Nesvadba on numerous occasions. However, the sci-fi film Kam zmizel kurýr (The Courier Who Vanished, 1981), directed by Otakar Fuka, was made according to an original script penned by the popular writer. The courier of the film’s title is an alien who crash landed on Earth in the 17th century and has since been secretly manipulating human history. The protagonist is an extra-terrestrial envoy who arrives in Prague disguised as “Jones”, a Czech language student from Australia. The envoy’s real task is to find the alien courier and bring him back home. Young sci-fi writer Marcela becomes a witness to Jones’s quest... The film’s lead roles were played by Jan Kanyza and Eva Jakoubková. In one absorbing sequence, Jones uncovers “evidence” of the courier’s existence in, among other things, earlier Czech sci-fi films. Kam zmizel kurýr thus contains clips from Muž z prvního století (The Man from the First Century, 1961), Ikarie XB 1 (Icarus XB 1, 1963), Vynález zkázy (An Invention for Destruction, 1958), Baron Prášil (Baron Münchausen, 1961), as well as Fuka’s own Akce Bororo (Bororo Operation, 1972).

Note

The film includes parts of Czech sci-fi films Baron Münchhausen (1961, dir. Karel Zeman), An Invention for Destruction (1958, dir. Karel Zeman), The Man from the First Century (1961, dir. Oldřich Lipský), Icarus XB-1 (dir. Jindřich Polák), Bororo Operation (1972, dir. Otakar Fuka).

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Cast

Jan Kanyza

Michael Allan Jones

Eva Jakoubková

novinářka Marcela Vosecká

Karel Houska

docent Štafa

Jiří Bruder

recepční Jandák

Vladimír Salač

archivář Diviš

Zdeněk Matouš

profesor Coutou

Miloslav Štibich

Svačina, znalec díla Julese Vernea

Milada Ježková

vrátná v knihovně

Adolf Široký

divák

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Director

František Matoušek

Shooting Script

Otakar Fuka

Script Editor

Pavel Hajný

Director of Photography

Jiří Hošek

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Josef Müller, Václav Kozel

Costume Designer

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Jiří Zika

Unit Production Manager

Karel Prchal, Vladimír Tišer

Unit Production Manager

Václav Veruněk

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Production info

Original Title

Kam zmizel kurýr

Czech Title

Kam zmizel kurýr

English Title

The Courrier Who Vanished

Working Title

Kurýr ze souhvězdí Pegas

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

sci-fi

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1980—1981

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 31 October 1980
start of filming 6 December 1980
technical Screenplay approved 31 December 1980
end of filming 19 March 1981
projection approval 15 April 1981

Premiere

premiere 16 October 1981

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Drahoslava Makovičky, Drahoslav Makovička (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 358 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, French

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech