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With: Dana Medrická, Jirí Sovák, Olga Schoberová, Karel Effa, Juraj Visny, Vladimír Mensík
Written by: Milos Macourek, V�clav Vorl�cek
Directed by: V�clav Vorl�cek
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Running Time: 80
Date: 03/19/2013
IMDB

Who Wants to Kill Jesse? (1966)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Comic Boom

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This goofy, inspired comedy from director V�clav Vorl�cek (Three Wishes for Cinderella) is a refreshing reminder that the Czech New Wave didn't necessarily have to be totally serious. (Certainly Closely Watched Trains and Daisies had their lighthearted moments as well.) A couple of married scientists simultaneously work on their breakthrough inventions. The wife, Ruzenka Beránková (Dana Medrická), has developed a machine that reads dreams and pulls their images up onto a screen. She can then manipulate them, replacing bad dreams with good dreams. Unfortunately, the bad things suddenly appear in the room, in the flesh. Meanwhile, her husband Jindrich Ber�nek (Jirí Sovák) has been reading a comic strip about a busty blonde heroine and has been inspired to invent a pair of super anti-gravity gloves. That night, when he dreams about Jesse (played by Playboy cover girl Olga Schoberová) and her two arch foes, "Cowboy" (Karel Effa) and "Superman" (Juraj Visny), they materialize in the real world. Better still, they speak in comic strip "balloons." From there, it's an extended chase, but with a delightful deadpan quality rather than the usual breakneck stuff.

DVD Details: Facets' new DVD presents the film in its 'Scope widescreen, black-and-white glory, but with no extras other than a 12-page insert booklet.

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