Jan Schmidt, 1985



The embezzlement of socialist property and moonlighting in the construction industry are the issues explored in Jan Schmidt’s Podfuk (Swindle, 1985), a moralistic comedy with something of a crime drama about it. The main protagonist of the story is upright engineer Severa, who unexpectedly receives one hundred thousand crowns via the mail. The sender´s address is not legitimate and Severa reports the case to the police. It soon becomes clear that our hero – a housing estate planner – has become the unwilling victim of a corruption scam that is backed by one of his acquisitive colleagues (played by Jiří Pleskot)… A somewhat implausible tale acquires a human face thanks to the talents of Ondřej Havelka in the leading role. He wrings interest from the hero´s relationship with a charming taxi driver Táňa (Tatiana Kulíšková) and his passion for swing music, which allows Havelka to show off his professional singing abilities.
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About a film

film_production_year 1985
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres comedy, crime
film_form feature
film_duration 76 min
film_director Jan Schmidt
film_cast Ondřej Havelka, Tatiana Kulíšková, Bronislav Poloczek, Jiří Pleskot, Stanislav Fišer, Vlastimil Fišar
film_director_of_photography Richard Valenta
film_screenplay David Jan Novotný, Josef Pohl, Jan Schmidt
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Jiří Matolín
film_music_composed_by Miroslav Kořínek
film_sound_designer Jiří Kejř