Dissolved and Discharged

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný

Runtime

80

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1984

Premiere

01.01.1985

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Smoljak

Screenplay

Ladislav Smoljak, Zdeněk Svěrák

Summary

Thanks to its two leading creative lights – Zdeňek Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak – during the 1980s, Prague’s Divadlo Járy Cimrman theatre group ended up mounting three “Cimrman-esque“ feature films. The faux-biography Jára Cimrman ležící, spící (Jára Cimrman, Lying Asleep, 1983), detective comedy Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný (Dissolved and Discharged, 1984) and the tragicomedy about the goings-on in a small theatre group Nejistá sezóna (Uncertain Season, 1987). Together, these offer the embodiment of the very Czech phenomenon – a fictional genius of all stripes and talents. The film, in which Smoljak serves as co-writer and director, and Svěrák as co-writer, makes use of numerous motifs from the Cimrman theatrical plays, primarily from the detective comedy Vražda v salónním coupé (Murder in a Parlour Car Compartment, 1970) which, like many plays in this group, also features a section with a formal report presenting the life of Jára Cimrman. Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný (Dissolved and Discharged) works independently of the figure of Cimrman. The lead character in the film is Prague police inspector Trachta (Jiří Zahajský), who along with young apprentice Hlaváček (Marek Brodský) sets out to investigate the premeditated murder of factory owner Bierhanzl. He has literally disappeared without a trace: evidently his body was dissolved in a bathtub, with the remains then simply washed down the drain. The circle of the accused gradually begins to narrow to the victims of one of Bierhanzl’s patents – an anti-baldness lotion, which, in reality, causes total baldness. But the story is not merely about a resolute murderer and vengeance-minded customers. It is also about Trachta’s conceited criminalistics rival Klečka. Many renowned actors appear in this sophisticated comedy, including Rudolf Hrušínský, Petr Čepek, Josef Abrhám and Vlastimil Brodský. But members of the Divadlo Járy Cimrmana theatre also appear in multiple smaller roles. For example, Zdeněk Svěrák plays industrial poet Jelínek in this timeless comedy film. Additionally, Ladislav Smoljak has a cameo as a postman, while Jaroslav Weigel appears as the cobbler Pecháček. The Cimrman theatre group makes do without any females (women characters are portrayed by men), but in the film version the fairer sex is represented by Veronika Jeníková and Valerie Zawadská.

Synopsis

Police inspector Trachta, famed for employing unusual investigation tricks, is withdrawn from investigating the case of a missing factory owner, Bierhanzl, by the police director and the case is entrusted to the arrogant Klečka. Trachta and his intern Hlaváček are only left with looking for a thief who robbed the shoemaker Pecháček. They, however, soon return to the factory owner's case because Klečka was attacked in the magnate's villa. Trachta questions all the witnesses from the villa. The poet Jelínek tells him that Bierhanzl locked himself in a bathroom after visiting a dentist and was probably dissolved and discharged there. The objects found in the bathtub later prove that this has indeed happened. One of the witnesses is the magnate's heir, Arnošt Sýkorka, and Trachta opines that he has finally found the culprit. But everybody convinces him to continue the investigation, and he thus learns that Bierhanzl was producing a baldness ointment. New findings lead the investigators to a hat maker and to the sanatorium run by Professor Žalud, where several of Bierhanzl's customers ended up after finding that the ointment stripped them of the rest of their hair. They also discover a duck farm near the sanatorium where Bierhanzl purchased eggs to produce his ointment. Another lead takes them to the clinic of the dentist Krejza, where they find the factory owner with his head half bald. Krejza thus revenged himself for losing all his hair. Before, he helped Bierhanzl and Žalud with removing the victims of Bierhanzl's product. The repentent Bierhanzl warns Trachta against Žalud. And indeed – a motorcoach without tyres full of bald patients stands on rails and a train is rushing against it. The virtuoso shots of the gamekeeper Hlaváček, the intern's father, puts the train into reverse. Trachta and his assistants succeed in arresting all the scoundrels and also the thief who had stolen from the shoemaker Pecháček. Hlaváček wants to celebrate the success with Trachta in a candy store, but Trachta shows him a newspaper which only mentions Klečka. This fulfilled Trachta's strong belief: "The world is such that some plough and harrow while others just harvest.

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Cast

Jiří Zahajský

inspektor Trachta

Marek Brodský

policejní praktikant Jindřich Hlaváček

Rudolf Hrušínský

hajný Hlaváček, praktikantův otec

Blažena Holišová

matka Hlaváčková

Josef Abrhám

profesor Žalud, šéf psychiatrického sanatoria, podezřelý č. 6 a 7

Veronika Jeníková

Růženka Kubíková

Jaroslava Adamová

majitelka nevěstince

Petr Čepek

policejní ředitel

Vlastimil Brodský

kloboučník Alois Oulík

Rudolf Hrušínský ml.

univerzální dědic Arnošt Sýkorka, podezřelý č. 11

Jiří Kodet

továrník Karel Bierhanzel

Jaroslav Weigel

švec Emanuel Pecháček

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Lojzička, Pecháčkova žena

Zdeněk Srstka

Žaludův poskok Bedříšek

Zdeněk Svěrák

průmyslový básník Jelínek, podezřelý č. 7, později č. 1

Valerie Zawadská

Vilma Böhmová

Jan Hraběta

agent Ječný

Jan Kašpar

agent Ziegler

Valerie Kaplanová

Hedvábná, podezřelá č.1, později č. 6

Alena Karešová

zdravotní sestra

Milan Klacek

dentista Antonín Krejza, vlastním jménem Bursík

Jiří Knot

blázen-průvodčí

Pavel Vondruška

blázen-úředník Jaroušek

Boris Hybner

blázen-grošák Ferda

Jaroslav Vozáb

sluha Pazdera, podezřelý č. 9, později č.2

Jan Cmíral

Vedral, 3. podezřelý

Zdena Lingerová

Lída Vedralová

Václav Král

cukrář J.Kubík, otec Růženky

Radúz Chmelík

Ing. Hloušek, 2. podezřelý, později č. 9

Libuše Matějová

Hloušková

Ladislav Smoljak

listonoš

Petr Brukner

Kreibich, 8. podezřelý

Miloslava Kykalová

Kreibichová, 10. podezřelá

Miloslav Kopečný

strážník

Jaroslav Roud

policejní sluha

Karel Kachyňa

prokurátor

Mirko Musil

venkovan na nádraží

Karel Peyr

dr. Pátý, 14. podezřelý

Milena Glogarová

Svatava Pátá, 15. podezřelá

Genadij Rumlena

sňatkový podvodník Franta Jetel

Zdeněk Skalický

továrník Doudleba, 12. podezřelý

Jan Kuželka

nemocniční zřízenec

Vítězslav Sutr

obhájce

Petr Šícha

vrchní inspektor Klečka

Jana Altmannová

Jelínková

Kateřina Smoljaková

holčička na ulici

Alžběta Smoljaková

holčička na ulici

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Petr Šícha

Based on

Ladislav Smoljak (Vražda v salónním coupé – divadelní hra), Zdeněk Svěrák

Shooting Script

Ladislav Smoljak

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Set Designer

Čermák Miroslav (3), Josef Müller, Petr Matouš, Karel Karas, Petr Průša, Richard Staněk

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Production Manager

Karel Škop

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pitrák, Vlasta Synkulová, Juraj Zach

Unit Production Manager

Gabriela Kerekešová, Jiří Potsch, Jelínek Rudolf (2)

Cooperation

Marika Wasserbauerová, Eva Horázná, Michael Poledník, Ondřej Trojan, J. Látal, J. Psohlavec, J. Ždimera, Zdeněk Dukát

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Skoumal

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný

English Title

Dissolved and Discharged

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1984

Premiere

01.01.1985

Creative Group

Miloslav Vydra

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech