"Golden Fish" is one of average crime stories from the seventies. This time (first of all the decade after occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968) was called the Normalization. And this weak movie is a good illustration of it. Although the story is interesting (the investigation of murder of drug-sub-dealer with a few suspicious), the realization is ineffectual, schematic and untrustworthy. There are many goofs, stereotype dialogs and banal acting of some persons. The investigators (one elderly, experienced detective and a few young criminologists) are played by noble actors, their behavior seems to be resolute and clear. The black and white look on the problematics continues with the picture of drug addicts, who are represented by long-haired boys with emblems of hippies (it's a reductive expression of Czech underground). It's a element of propaganda known from other syn-chronic literary or film works (e.g. Thirty Cases of Major Zeman) but there's no wit or charm, only sterile seriousness. I like this movie only for the memories on my first meeting with it in my teenage.
- Aug 12, 2007
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