The Fortune-Teller

satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Věštec

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Rychman

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

Zdeněk Dítě

generální ředitel Nekluda

Svatopluk Skládal

náměstek Kořán

Václav Štekl

náměstek

Jan Maška

náměstek

Josef Steigl

náměstek

Antonín Šůra

referent Suchánek

Lubor Tokoš

původní generální ředitel

Jaroslav Kepka

mladý úředník

Miluše Zoubková

sekretářka

Zdeněk Skalický

úředník

Crew and creators

Based on

Zdeněk Jirotka (Věštec – povídka)

Shooting Script

Ladislav Rychman

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Zdeněk Oves

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Production info

Original Title

Věštec

English Title

The Fortune-Teller

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech