Changing the social-realist and anecdotal approach from his first two films for a more daring, expressive style, in Skid Brynych and co-author Pavel Kohout created a psychologically rich spy film that is set in transit between West Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Czech immigrant Frantisek Král has a terrible car accident in West Berlin. The West German secret service immediately takes advantage of the situation, provides him with a new identity and starts training Král, who is suffering from partial amnesia, to become a spy and to get hold of a microfilm from Prague. At first everything goes according to plan, but when he realises his home town is anything but the dreary, suffering place that had been drummed into him, things move in a different direction ...

After 1969, Brynych filmed mostly in West Germany, and Kohout (co-founder of Charta '77) had his citizenship revoked for his part as one of the spokesmen for the Prague Spring.

Original title
Smyk
Filmmaker
Zbyněk Brynych
Country
Czech Republic
Year
1960
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
German, Czech
Producer
Karel Skvor
Production Company
Filmové studio Barrandov
Sales
Národní filmový archív
Writer
Zbyněk Brynych, Pavel Kohout, Jirí Vala
Cinematography
Jan Kalis
Editor
Miroslav Hájek, Vilma Prokopová
Production Design
Karel Skvor
Cast
Jirí Vala, Jirina Jirásková, Jirina Svorcová, Walter Taub, Ivan Palec, Josef Vinklár, Jarmila Kurandová