Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive

An action flick that reveals the sinister underworld of advertising agencies. An unappeasable Iraqi mob launders its dirty money in the Czech lands and aspires to take over the ad market with nothing but illusions. An ad giant’s top manager ends up being fed to a paper shredder. Out of desperation detective Gordon and his assistant Ming turn to the old Gulf war veteran, Simmons, in their search for those responsible for the bazooka deaths of messenger boys. Wild, merciless gunfights through the city and car chases in vintage automobiles ensue. Our heroes triumph in the last unfair battle with the numberless mob, yet they all perish in the final, fierce massacre. The scoundrels are dead too, but, unexpectedly, evil conquers good in the finals seconds of the film. This film with its unhappy ending won a prize for having the most sentimental dialogues of the decade.

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The „feature“ film Floodlit Death was made in 2000 by Ivan Mečl and Kakalík (David Kalika) in the production of TeleDVision of the Divus publishing house. Actors and mostly visual artists came from the Divus circle. The film shows the Prague ferocity in the 90ies with a typical period background – advertising agencies, mafia and the Persian Gulf War veterans. Not only the main character of a detective cannot deny the affinity to Vít Soukup’s films. Mečl’s and Kakalík’s vision is on the edge – we cannot say whether it is a parody or pure desire to experience each scene as reality and to shoot a professional film. The character of detective Gordon and his assistant Ming appeared also in their second film – a detective story Tequilla Dance (2001) featuring Petr Puch, Martin Šefránek, Vladan Šír, Ivan Mečl, Marisa Ravalli-Příhodová and Vít Soukup. Both films (and the first episode of The Man Who Knew Too Much And Didn’t Keep It For Himself series made by Martin Šeránek, 2002) were technically facilitated by better availability of digital technologies at the turn of the millennium.

Terezie Nekvindová

In the Window to the Archive programme the AVU Research Center in Prague (VVP AVU) in conjunction with Artyč is regularly releasing works from the VVP AVU video archive (go to The selection for Artyč focuses on older works (materials from the end of the 20th century), works bordering on video art, film and documentation, or on purely documentary materials related to the recent development of Czech and Slovak visual art.



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