Archive of films Smart Philip / Mazaný Filip

Czech Republic
2003, 99 min

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Year: 2004

The film of the play of the same name by Prague’s Sklep Theatre, an original parody of Raymond Chandler’s classic detective stories, is set in Los Angeles in the 1930s. It is scriptwriter and producer Václav Marhoul’s debut as director, and received two Czech Lions in 2003.


This began life as a play of the same name by Václav Marhoul, which he produced and directed on the stage of the Sklep (Cellar) Theatre in the autumn of 1986. The story, set in Los Angeles of the 1930s, is a parody of American detective stories of the rugged school from the pen of Raymond Chandler. However, smart Phil Marlowe played by the charming Tomáš Hanák (the role was written to suit him) is the exact opposite of a successful man; he knows everything except how to make a decent living. But he doesn’t sell himself for money or threats, or even favours from beautiful women. In our story, commented on by the detective himself, he has been commissioned by a client to find his twin brother. Understandably, the investigation becomes complicated, and Marlowe is given conflicting information by numerous characters caricatured in the spirit of the genre… In a gentle, intelligent parody with many quotations and references, filmed entirely in the studio, the charm of Chandler’s characters is married to the poetics of the Sklep Theatre. Awarded Czech Lions in 2003 for Best Design and Best Camera.

About the director

Václav Marhoul (b. 1960, Prague) graduated in production from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). His first job after graduation was at Barrandov Film Studios. He left Barrandov in 1986 was to become a producer for Pražská pětka (Prague Fivesome). Returning to Barrandov in 1990, he became director of the studio and shared in its privatisation. In 1997 he founded his own company, Silver Screen, where he produces variously in the fields of theatre, film and visual art. He is a member of Sklep Theatre and the fine art group Tvrdohlaví (Stubborn Heads; he was co-founder in 1987, and as manager still organises its activity). He appeared as an actor in Michálek’s film America. Smart Philip is his debut as a director, but he also wrote the story and script and produced the film as well.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Czech Films 2003-2004
Director: Václav Marhoul
Screenplay: Václav Marhoul
Dir. of Photography: Vladimír Smutný
Music: Milan Kymlička, David Noll
Editor: Luděk Hudec
Producer: Václav Marhoul
Production: Silver Screen s. r. o.
Cast: Tomáš Hanák, Vilma Cibulková, Oldřich Kaiser, Pavel Liška, František Skála
Contact: Warner Bros. Entertainment - Czech Republic, Silver Screen


Václav Marhoul

Film Director, Producer

Tomáš Hanák


Radim Hladík

Film Crew


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