Rediscover Classic Czech Cinema with Four Murders Are Enough, Darling

In a newly remastered version, the classic film "Four Murders Are Enough, Darling" ("Čtyři vraždy stačí, drahoušku") has been restored in high-definition and provided with English subtitles, making it more accessible to a global audience. This version, compatible with all DVD regions, allows the film to reach beyond its Czech origins and entertain audiences worldwide with its timeless blend of humor and suspense. 

The story follows Georg Camel, a teacher in the small town of Springtown who is trying to gain not only the attention of his students to Shakespeare's verses but also the recognition of the local newspaper editor for his poetry. He is equally smitten with Sabrina, the society news editor. His life takes a turn for the bizarre when he finds the dead body of Dr. Porter, a victim of robbers seeking a million-dollar check, at his apartment door. Suddenly, the unsuspecting teacher finds himself in the midst of a mad scramble for money, pitting two notorious gangs against each other: one from San Boniga led by José Antonio, and the other from Michigan led by young Kate Draixová. Both are convinced that George possesses the check and are determined to acquire it. 

The eccentricities continue as both gangs decide to lodge in the same house as George, making his situation even more chaotic. However, his newfound infamy as a suspected murderer brings him unexpected popularity. His acquaintances, including Sabrina, who had previously overlooked him, are now fascinated by him. However, the nefarious activities of the gang members make for a revolving door of corpses that appear whenever George opens his door. 

As reinforcements arrive in town, so do assassins, ensuring there is no shortage of bodies to pin on the oblivious teacher. The town is caught in a whirlwind of chaos and confusion, with George inadvertently in the eye of the storm. 

Upon revisiting this immortal comedy, it still strikes me as a masterpiece. The ensemble of legendary actors, from the daring suspect mass murderer Lipský, the dim-witted policeman Libíček, the choleric commander Filipovský, the caring landlady Rosůlková, to Janžurová posing as a gang boss disguised as a pastor, and the lisping gangster Kemr, all contribute to its timeless charm. Add to that iconic lines, unique jazz performances by gangsters, and use of comic strips (inspiring Tarantino in "Kill Bill" perhaps?), and you have a film that continues to delight with its wit and originality. The film's satirical insertion of capitalist commercials cleverly mocks commercial television. Overall, the narrative brims with humor from start to finish. Enjoy this piece of classic cinema in its digitally restored glory.


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