Angel of Blissful Death

Štěpán Skalský, 1965



A period spy drama from 1965, this film tells the high-suspense story of the search for an archive hidden by the Nazis in the Czechoslovak Highlands of Vysočina before the end of the war. Members of the Czechoslovak counter-espionage service open a case previously shelved for two decades in order to solve the recent murder of a foreign intelligence resident and to capture his minions. In terms of craftsmanship, Anděl blažené smrti (The Angel of Blissful Death) was somewhat of a rarity of its time thanks in no small measure to esteemed screenwriter Jan Procházka, who also collaborated with director Karel Kachyňa when making the 1965 war drama Ať žije republika (Long Live the Republic). Director Štěpán Skalský attempted to increase the veracity of the film by employing an unusual documentary style and by casting lesser-known actors. Skalský later reaffirmed his interest in genre cinema by directing the A. C. Doyle-inspired parody Touha Sherlocka Holmese (Sherlock Holmes’ Desire, 1971) and spy drama Tichý Američan v Praze (Quiet American in Prague, 1977).
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About a film

film_production_year 1965
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama, spy
film_form feature
film_duration 83 min
film_director Štěpán Skalský
film_cast Zora Božinová, Rade Marković, Vlasta Kabelíková, František Krahulík, Jaroslav Dufek
film_director_of_photography Stanislav Milota
film_screenplay Jan Procházka, Štěpán Skalský
film_film_editor Josef Dobřichovský
film_production_designer Bohumil Pokorný
film_art_director Miroslav Kolář (2)
film_music_composed_by Zdeněk Liška
film_sound_designer Ladislav Hausdorf