Arnost Benda gets a job in the baron Prasil's family as he is secretly married to baron's daughter Karlicka. The baron takes Arnost for his illegitimate son. The grotesque chaos is solved by arrival of real Arnost's parents.
This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.
Josef von Báky
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Young secretary Arnost Blaha is behaving very oddly. He married secretly Karlicka, the baron's daughter, and he wants to break the news gently to her parents to make as little fuss as possible. Baron Prasil is a great hunter. He lives only for shooting the deer and winning shooting contests, but he recognizes that something fishy is taking place. No problem, he has a great experience in the field of embarrassing situations. He spent his youth in a very active way, so he keeps (and hides) a detailed evidence of his illegitimate children and corresponding payments. When he finds that Arnost simply wants to call him "father" and no money is involved, he thinks that a sensible caution will solve the problem. Meantime his wife thinks that the new secretary is in love with her and she feels very elated. She tries to send him away. Karlicka wants to stick to the plan, so the young couple tries a heartbreaking story of Arnost's hard life to soften the mother up. They don't know that she had ...Written by
I watched this film on the understanding that it was in the genre of fantastic film, and it does have one element which I think can qualify it, that is, an actual ghost in the castle. However, that facet of the film is slight, and used more as an additional vehicle for laughs. This is a screwball comedy, and it's a doozy. There is a highly-convoluted plot which is actually quite believable, made more so by the zesty pace at which the film rolls along in a mostly non-self-conscience manner. Suffice to say, without ruining the twists and the smiles, it is the story of secret marriages, secret affairs, and secret children. This leads to every sort of situation; familiar quagmires of confusion, mistaken intentions, and lies. The viewer should have no trouble following the story, but that doesn't mean the chuckles won't erupt, as for example when the town doctor is called to the castle because of "lunatics." The scriptwriting is quite clever, and reminds one of the best American or British films from the 1930's and 1940's, the jokes delivered crisply, and the actors truly throwing themselves into the insanity. One personal favorite moment comes when, unexpectedly, the Baron imitates musical instruments with his mouth! I highly recommend this film.
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