The Fortune-Teller

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Runtime

19 min

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Věštec

Czech title

Věštec

English title

The Fortune-Teller

Synopsis

The successor to the general director of the Central Management of the Grocery Stores, who had literally worked himself to death, is named Nekluda and comes from Liberec. It was this very employee from the regional enterprise whom the old accountant Šlik prophesised to be appointed to the position. Nekluda is a little unhappy - his predecessor had extraordinary skills and there is basically nothing to improve. He is also taken by surprise by the seemingly supernatural abilities of the accountant Šlik, nicknamed Fortune-Teller [Věštec] by his colleagues. The accountant predicts in which of the many tens of shops the sales are going to rise as well as in which the manager is covering up deficiencies. As soon as the director learns about an old prophecy concerning his new position, he pounces upon Šlik, who calmly reveals his sources. He reminds Nekluda of his mistaken decision to sell a certain unsellable canned food, a decision which was not followed by any sanctions. On the basis of this, Šlik deduced that Nekluda must have some supporters or protectors in higher places. The sales in one of the shops raised thanks to a skilful and kind shop assistant who had accomplished the same everywhere she worked before. The shop manager who covered up deficiencies, for a change, did not go on vacation for three years. The experienced old accountant was able to decipher all this from the seemingly boring numbers. Nekluda, however, decides it would be better if the provident accountant retired.

Cast

Oldřich Nový

účetní Čeněk Šlik zvaný Věštěc

Zdeněk Dítě

generální ředitel Nekluda

Svatopluk Skládal

osobní referent Kořán

Václav Štekl

náměstek Suchánek

Jan Maška

náměstek

Josef Steigl

náměstek

Antonín Šůra

referent Jarda Suchánek

Lubor Tokoš

původní generální ředitel

Jaroslav Kepka

mladý úředník

Miluše Zoubková

sekretářka Evička

Milada Lukašovská

sekretářka

Crew and creators

Based on

Zdeněk Jirotka (Věštec – povídka)

Shooting Script

Ladislav Rychman

Director of Photography

Julius Vegricht

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Production info

Original Title

Věštec

Czech Title

Věštec

English Title

The Fortune-Teller

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 1 April 1963
technical Screenplay approved 25 May 1963
start of filming 8 June 1963
end of filming 3 July 1963
projection approval 15 October 1963

Premiere

premiere 20 March 1964 /suitable for youths/
renewed premiere 1 November 1990 /suitable for youths/

Distribution slogan

no caption (1964) / Four times about people and things around us. (1990)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1964 a obnovená 1990)

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

19 min

Original length in metres

519 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech