Hydrozagadka is a surreal Polish movie, released in 1970. During a heat wave in Warsaw everyone is drowning in sweat, and, to make matters worse, all the water in the city starts to disappear mysteriously. Professor Milczarek asks As, the intrepid superhero, to help him investigate.
The movie provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of superhero genre.
- Artistic License Physics: The baddies plan is: turn all water in Warsaw into steam. When clouds form over Kabur (don't ask how), send fridges with baloons attached to collect it and sell it to the locals. Profit!
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Maharaja of Kabur (wherever this is) and doctor Plama.
- Brand Names Are Better: Parodied Trope, both in regard to Western brands (understandable since the movie was made under the communist regime) and domestic ones.Jurek: I read "Time" and "Epoca", I only drink Ballantine's, I smoke Winstons, for you I brought Wintermans, imported chocolate cigars. Take off your hat.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Two of these trying to steal the Warsaw water. The horror!
- Cartoonish Supervillainy: Befitting a wonderfully silly movie.
- The Casanova: Jurek is trying (with As's Love Interest!) but she's unimpressed.
- The Cape: As. Also, The Ace - it's his name!
- Clark Kenting: As's civilian identity is Jan Walczak, a mild-mannered draughtsmannote . He does not conceal his face in any way, doesn't even wear a Domino Mask.
- The Comically Serious: Both straight and a meta-example, since the directors' explicit goal was to make as wonderfully silly movie as possible at the time movies were considered Serious Business. As especially delivers completely ridiculous lines without as much as a twitch of his facial muscles, but he's not an exception.As: Because I respect social decency and public peace, I shall not rip this door out to deal with you, mister!
- Drugs Are Bad:The Taxi Driver: This orange pop isn't... popping.
As: THIS IS ALCOHOL! THE WORST POISON!
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Doktor Plama's justification of his henchman's (who is pretending to be a child) rude behavior towards the Maharaja:Dr Plama: This boy is, heh heh, hungover.
- Makes As Much Sense In Context: That's what makes it funny.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Plama is one of the villains, although we never learn what he's a doctor of.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: The villains bring one with them. A rocket-powered German alligator. Named Hermann.
- The Professor: Milczarek, the nice scientist who solicits our hero's help when the electronic brain proves unable to find out where all the water goes.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Jurek. His "sophisticated" and "worldly" phrases are immediately followed with "Take off your hat" spoken in a noticeably crude, yokel way.Jurek: We shall make love the French way. Take off your hat!