Death on the Hour (Načasovaná smrt)

Death on the Hour
Program section: Special Screenings
Directed by: Zdeněk Kubeček
Year: 1981
Country: Czechoslovakia
Length: 55 min.
Cast: Rudolf Jelínek, Petr Svojtka, Hana Maciuchová, Petr Haničinec


  • 20. 8. 2021 | 16:30 - Victor Mature Hall

The TV production of Death on the Hour was made by Czechoslovak Television in the 1980s, the period of normalization which was not supportive of artistic freedom and creativity, and it reveals a story of a cunning murder of a director of an independent American television company. The city of New York writhes in heat, and the police investigators are not having much luck in catching the sly murderer backed by someone high up. The film is an example of a foreign novel which was allowed to be adapted in Czechoslovak Television since it denounces the capitalistic tendencies of the USA. It also shows the somewhat amusing “playing America” story boxed in the studio’s set with a minimum of exterior shots and action which is compensated by lengthy dialogues. Another noteworthy element is a small portable TV set playing one of the essential roles.

Veronika Zýková


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