Film (1965; vt Who Would Kill Jessie?). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Miloš Macourek, Václav Vorlíček. Written by Macourek, Vorlíček. Cast includes Karel Effa, Dana Medřická, Olga Schoberová, Jiří Sovák and Juraj Višný. 80 minutes. Black and white.
This very funny Czechoslovak film was conceived for children, but the makers realized that the idea had satirical potential. An overworked professor (Sovák) becomes obsessed with a newspaper comic strip featuring a voluptuous heroine, Jessie (Schoberová), who is constantly being pursued by two villains – a malicious cowboy (Effa) and a displeasing analogue of Superman (Višný). He dreams a lot about Jessie. The straitlaced wife of the professor (Medřická), also a scientist, has invented a dream-manipulator with which she hopes to eradicate her husband's lascivious dreams, but it malfunctions and the three comic-book characters materialize in their apartment, causing upheaval. This exhilarating, well-made film deserves wider distribution. [JB/PN]
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