Death behind the Curtain

Antonín Kachlík, 1966



In 1966, director Antonín Kachlík expressed an interest in the popular detective genre. His adaptation of the novel Anděl hraje na violu (An Angel Plays the Viola) by Pavel Hejcman offered spectators the attractive setting of the theatre. A team of investigators look into the murder of prima ballerina Havlová (Květa Fialová). Captain Chrástek (in an unusual role for Miroslav Horníček) eventually finds himself on the trail of an international gang trafficking heroin from France to Italy via Czechoslovakia. The gang even has members among the theatre’s staff… Jaroslav Satoranský plays the part of Chrástek's colleague Mareček. The popular singer Valdemar Matuška – who took on numerous acting assignments during the 1960s – plays French trafficker Orbigny. Smrt za oponou (Death behind the Curtain, 1966)was also filmed in the former East Germany.
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About a film

film_production_year 1966
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres crime
film_form feature
film_duration 85 min
film_director Antonín Kachlík
film_cast Miroslav Horníček, Jaroslav Satoranský, Jiří Mikota, Květa Fialová, Lenka Fišerová, Gabriela Vránová
film_director_of_photography Jan Němeček
film_screenplay Antonín Kachlík, Vladimír Bor
film_film_editor Jaromír Janáček
film_production_designer Milan Nejedlý
film_music_composed_by Vladimír Sommer
film_sound_designer Ladislav Hausdorf