Paris, January 16, 1940 – A French-speaking couple expected to arrive at the GARE DE L'EST does not disembark from the Orient Express. The porter waits for them in vain at their Paris hotel; in vain the curator looks for them at the site of today’s Pasteur morgue; and to everyone’s surprise the couple do not even appear that evening for the wild party at the offices of Booster Magazine in the rue Villa Seurat.
Seventy years later, led by the film’s director, a forensics team consisting of police officers, historians, politicians, a youthful tour guide and colourful representatives of contemporary art and advertisement put together clues to create a detailed map to the story of two unique figures of European modernity: social utopians, Europeans in body and spirit, visionaries and discoverers of countless artistic, literary and advertising techniques MILADA SOUČKOVÁ and ZDENEK RYKR.
The film features Milada Součková, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, J. A. Pitínský, Pavel Ryška, Matěj Smetana, Vojtěch Lahoda, VJ Kolouch, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Martin Búřil, Mistinguett, Jindřich Chalupecký, Zdeněk Durdil, BOOSTER and many designs, pictures, letters, comic strips and clues.
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