1961-1970CrimeCzech RepublicJirí MenzelMusical

Jirí Menzel – Zlocin v santánu aka Crime in the Night Club (1968)

The charming singer Clara Regina has many admirers. Even the minister of justice fights for her favour, especially enchanted by Clara’s lullaby. Clara’s successes with men are watched with displeasure by her jealous husband, Ikaro Volante. The minister sends a bouquet and a pearl necklace to the singer. The juggler Piterman steals the pearls but frames her shy assistant Pepícek, who, along with inexperienced defence lawyer Vilém Bojanovský, falls victim to blind justice in an unfair world full of intrigue… The form of this outwardly noncommittal crime musical, featuring the songs of Šlitr and Suchý, is influenced by the dark atmosphere that pervaded society after the Prague Spring efforts at reform were crushed in August 1968: the two convicts, performed by this duo from Prague’s Semafor theatre, can now do nothing but sing.

Following Zlocin v dívcí škole (The Crime at the Girls’ School, 1965), director Jirí Menzel returned to his collaboration with novelist Josef Škvorecký. But prior to this 1968 motion picture, he had become famous for creating Ostre sledované vlaky (Closely Watched Trains, 1966) and the stylish Rozmarné léto (Capricious Summer, 1967), a bittersweet comedy based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura. The story of Zlocin v šantánu (Crime in the Night-Club), played out according to a screenplay Menzel devised with Škvorecký, takes place in the timeless atmosphere of an elegant cabaret.


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 25 min
Size: 	1.61 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	692x572 ~> 784x572
Aspect ratio:  	1.371
Frame rate: 	24.000 fps
Bit rate: 	2 500 kb/s
BPP: 	0.263
#1:  	2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s




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