End of the Agent W4C

Václav Vorlíček, 1967

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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).
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres parody, spy
Form feature
Duration 86 min
Director Václav Vorlíček
Cast Jan Kačer, Květa Fialová, Jiří Sovák, Jan Libíček, Jiří Pleskot
Director of photography František Uldrich
Screenplay Oldřich Daněk, Václav Vorlíček
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Oldřich Bosák
Music Svatopluk Havelka
Sound designer František Fabián