THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS (TAJEMSTVÍ HRADU V KARPATECH), 1981, Czechoslovakia, 97 min. A unique and almost indescribable mix of Gothic fiction, steampunk gadgetry (designed by Czech animation wizard Jan Švankmajer), slapstick comedy and romantic opera, director Oldřich Lipský's wonderfully bonkers delight has elements of THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, Terry Gilliam, Mel Brooks and "The Benny Hill Show." Based on an 1892 Jules Verne novel The Carpathian Castle (which partially inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula), the film follows Count Teleke of Tölökö (Michal Dočolomanský) on the trail of the count's lost lover, opera singer Salsa Verde (Evelyna Steimarová) - only to discover she's been abducted by fiendish Baron Gorc of Gorceny (Miloš Kopecký), whose castle home is filled with the bizarre inventions of mad scientist Orfanik (Rudolf Hrušínský). Littered with puns, sight gags and non-sequiturs - "Later, in Werewolfston", an invented dialect, a detached golden ear for eavesdropping, a staff topped by an enormous TV eyeball - MYSTERIOUS CASTLE was the third fantastical film from the team of director Lipský and writer Jiří Brdečka after their much-loved musical western spoof LEMONADE JOE (1966) and their detective/horror satire ADELA HAS NOT HAD SUPPER YET (1977), both major Czech cult hits. (Note that actor Miloš Kopecký and Jiří Brdečka worked on the supernatural anthology PRAGUE NIGHTS, also released by the Národní filmový archív, Deaf Crocodile and Comeback Company.)

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The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

Tajemství hradu v Karpatech
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Fantasy/Adventure/Comedy · 1h 37m · 1/30/2024

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THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS (TAJEMSTVÍ HRADU V KARPATECH), 1981, Czechoslovakia, 97 min. A unique and almost indescribable mix of Gothic fiction, steampunk gadgetry (designed by Czech animation wizard Jan Švankmajer), slapstick comedy and romantic opera, director Oldřich Lipský's wonderfully bonkers delight has elements of THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, Terry Gilliam, Mel Brooks and "The Benny Hill Show." Based on an 1892 Jules Verne novel The Carpathian Castle (which partially inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula), the film follows Count Teleke of Tölökö (Michal Dočolomanský) on the trail of the count's lost lover, opera singer Salsa Verde (Evelyna Steimarová) - only to discover she's been abducted by fiendish Baron Gorc of Gorceny (Miloš Kopecký), whose castle home is filled with the bizarre inventions of mad scientist Orfanik (Rudolf Hrušínský). Littered with puns, sight gags and non-sequiturs - "Later, in Werewolfston", an invented dialect, a detached golden ear for eavesdropping, a staff topped by an enormous TV eyeball - MYSTERIOUS CASTLE was the third fantastical film from the team of director Lipský and writer Jiří Brdečka after their much-loved musical western spoof LEMONADE JOE (1966) and their detective/horror satire ADELA HAS NOT HAD SUPPER YET (1977), both major Czech cult hits. (Note that actor Miloš Kopecký and Jiří Brdečka worked on the supernatural anthology PRAGUE NIGHTS, also released by the Národní filmový archív, Deaf Crocodile and Comeback Company.)

Release Country

United States

Barcode

814456028507

Release Date

1/30/2024

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  Czech    PCM 
  Commentary     

Digital Copy

Not Included

Studio

Filmové Studio Barrandov/Národní filmový archiv/Comeback Company/Czech Film Fund/Deaf Crocodile Films

Subtitles

English

Video Format

1080p

Aspect Ratio

1.37:1

Cover Type

Keep Case (HD Slim, Low)

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Cast
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Michal Docolomanský

Count Teleke of Tölökö
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Evelyna Steimarová

Salsa Verde
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Vlastimil Brodský

Komornik hrabéte ignác
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Milos Kopecký

Baron Gorc z Gorcu
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Rudolf Hrusínský

Vynálezce orfanik
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Augustín Kubán

Tomá Hluchonémec-Zutro
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Jan Hartl

Lesni adjunkt vilja dézi
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Jaroslava Kretschmerová

Snoubenka lesniho adjunkta
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Oldrich Velen

Krcmár
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Míla Myslíková

Krcmárka
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Samuel Adamcík

Kmet
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Jan Skopecek

Sedlák v kozichu
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Václav Kotva

Kantor
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Jirí Lír

Prefekt
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Helena Ruzicková

Zpévacka
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Barbora Stepánová

Dévecka
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Karel Houska

Sedlák
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Václav Mares

Sedlák
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Jirí Kosek

Peasant
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Vilém Lipský

(as Lipský Vilém)
Crew
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Oldrich Lipský

Director
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Oldrich Lipský

Writer
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Jirí Brdecka

Writer
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Jules Verne

Writer
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