The World Café

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Automat Svět

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Věra Chytilová

Synopsis

The singing and noise of guests celebrating a wedding feast come from a dance hall adjacent to The World Café. The experienced woman bartender at the tap is attending several guests. But when she goes to the toilet, she discovers a young woman who has hanged herself. The bartender cuts the girl down, turns the guests out and calls for the emergency services and the police. The doctor can only state death. Some nosy Parkers, however, remain behind the café's window and try to get in. The nervous bartender lets in only a youngster in a torn-off boiler suit and an acquaintance of hers - a lathe-worker from a nearby factory. In the meantime, the drunk groom hit one of the policemen in the eye and was arrested for assaulting a public authority. The lathe-worker is at the same time an artist and gives a monologue about his exhibition of prints entitled "Tactile Experience of a Factory". He keeps recollecting a girl who left him for she was unable to bear life in poverty, having no idea that this former lover of his lies in the kitchen behind the bar, dead. The drunk bride does not want to be left alone during the wedding night. When the police refuses to free her groom, she leaves with the artist. In the dark windy night, the man then tears her veil to rags, using them to tie the young trees to the props in the park to prevent them from breaking.

Cast

Věra Mrázková

nevěsta

Vladimír Boudník

výtvarník Karlík

Alžběta Laštovková

výčepní

Václav Chochola

příslušník SNB

Jan Vala

fešák v montérkách

K. Spejzová

mrtvá

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

Zdenka Petřková, Zdenka Karlovská

Based on

Bohumil Hrabal (Automat Svět – povídka ze sbírky Pábitelé)

Shooting Script

Věra Chytilová

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Miroslav Ondříček

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Costume Designer

Marta Bártová

Make-Up Artist

František Novotný

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská, Luděk Marold, Věra Winkelhöferová

Cooperation

Růžena Nováková, Jitka Šulcová, Eva Horázná, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Songs

Má roztomilá Baruško, Až ráno, až ráno, My jsme ti Pražáci, V té naší aleji, Za císaře pána a jeho rodinu, Škoda lásky

Songwriter

Jaromír Vejvoda (Škoda lásky), Karel Hašler (My jsme ti Pražáci)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hašler (My jsme ti Pražáci), Václav Zeman (Škoda lásky)

Singer

sbor (Má roztomilá Baruško), sbor (Až ráno, až ráno), sbor (My jsme ti Pražáci), sbor (V té naší aleji), sbor (Za císaře pána a jeho rodinu), sbor (Škoda lásky)

Production info

Original Title

Automat Svět

English Title

The World Café

Category

Povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech