Mr Vajshoblhák and the State Secret

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Runtime

16 min

Category

film

Genre

satire

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Vajshoblhák a státní tajemství

Czech title

Vajshoblhák a státní tajemství

English title

Mr Vajshoblhák and the State Secret

Synopsis

At a press conference, Engineer Vajshoblhák presents his groundbreaking invention - a dictarobot. The machine - similar to a typewriter - is able not only to reproduce a dictated text directly into written form, but also translate it into several languages. The curious questions of journalists, however, are met only with the inventor's vague and foggy answers. The nation of Cangaras has already ordered one million of the machines and the state's worldly business representative wishes to meet the inventor. Both Vajshoblhák and his colleague Konipas, acting as interpreter, are fascinated by the stranger and his petty gifts. The engineer explains in detail the principle of his invention. But before the Price Control Commission manages to calculate the price of the machine, Cangaras cancels its order - having his own, cheaper machine already. Konipas and Vajshoblhák are fired. In their new work-place, they keep state secrets even when it is detrimental to do so. The film ends up by warning: "Keep state secrets when necessary".

Note

The film was made to order for the Ministry of Interior of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.

Cast

František Filipovský

ing. Vajshoblhák

Vladimír Menšík

kolega Konipas

Ivo Gübel

nadřízený

František Miška

cizinec Alexander

Miloš Willig

staršina

Eva Svobodová

uklízečka

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Petr Schulhoff

Screenplay

Petr Schulhoff

Director of Photography

Josef Pešek

Film Editor

Dana Lukešová

Sound Designer

Zbyněk Mader

Production Manager

Zdeněk Polák

Songs

Přísně tajné

Singer Yvetta Simonová

Production info

Original Title

Vajshoblhák a státní tajemství

Czech Title

Vajshoblhák a státní tajemství

English Title

Mr Vajshoblhák and the State Secret

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

satire

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

16 min

Original length in metres

455 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

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech