Powder and Gas

Jindřich Honzl, 1931

Film at Filmový přehled


In 1931, the writing duo of Jiří Voskovec and Jan Werich undertook their first joint screenwriting effort. The musical comedy Pudr a benzin (Powder and Gas) was filmed by Jindřich Honzl, who also directed all 20 plays staged by the popular playwrights and leaders of the Osvobozené divadlo (Liberated Theatre). Honzl also directed another V+W film project, the later 1932 comedy Peníze nebo život (Your Money or Your Life). But Pudr a benzin does not seek to hide its theatrical roots, and also offers priceless, authentic performance recordings from the Osvobozené divadlo. Voskovec and Werichem play a quirky pair in the film – a clumsy motor coach driver, and an equally clumsy traffic superintendent – who both fall in love with the charming actress Marta (Ela Šárková). The story, which rides a wave of poeticism and the affinity of the authors for various trashy genres, is unified by an “action” tale pertaining to some cocaine dealers. The film, which was made at the start of the talkie era, was partly filmed in Paris, which had better audio recording equipment at its studios.
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About a film

Production year 1931
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 92 min
Director Jindřich Honzl
Cast Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich, Ela Šárková, Bohuš Záhorský, Vojta Plachý-Tůma, Josef Skřivan
Director of photography Václav Vích
Screenplay Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich, Jindřich Honzl
Production designer Vilém Rittershain
Artist František Zelenka
Music Jaroslav Ježek
Sound designer Marcel Wendling, Portier, Karel Smrž