The Wishing Machine

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Automat na přání

Runtime

82

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

20.09.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Pinkava

Screenplay

Josef Pinkava

Screenstory

Josef Pinkava

Summary

Josef Pinkava was already among the best directors of films for children and teens when in 1967 he seized the opportunity to realise his own screenplay in an ambitious Czech-French co-production. The protagonists of his playfully conceived narrative for Automat na přání – a shorter version of which was released in the US as The Wishing Machine (1971) – are two boys, Honza Kašpar and Vašek Balabán, who dream of travelling far beyond their tiny Czech village. Their wish is fulfilled by dreaming up an interplanetary spacecraft, which also gives them stories to tell their friends. The distance from adventurous children’s dreams to reality, however, remains quite stark... Apart from amateur child actors Vítězslav Weingärtner and Milan Zeman, the film features seasoned professionals such as František Filipovský and Josef Hlinomaz.

Synopsis

Vašek and Honza, two pupils of an elementary school in a small village, artfully move through the expositions of the Brno fair. They collect many leaflets, thoroughly inspect everything and constantly gorge themselves with various delicacies, which gives Vašek a bad stomach. The next day, however, everything is all right. These two boys, whose overactive imaginations keep them far from the top of the class, tell their classmates about their adventures, both real and made-up. In their dreamt-up world, there is an automatic machine which can fulfil one wish to everybody. The boys would like to be the first people to fly to the Moon. The rocket which they had boarded promised them that if they returned in three days minus three hours plus three minutes minus three seconds, it would take them to outer space. Vašek and Honza already see themselves being celebrated as heroes. Then they go fishing and experience a fantastic adventure - but they are caught and imprisoned at the Špilberg castle. They manage to escape but reach the rocket too late. The rocket has flown away, leaving behind a letter of apology and a song about a land of fantasy which was composed for the boys by the sonic automatic machine Sonor.

Cast

Vítězslav Weingärtner

žák Honza Kašpar

Milan Zeman

žák Vašek Balabán

František Filipovský

ředitel obecné školy

Josef Hlinomaz

dozorce ve vězení

Miloslav Holub

komisař policie

Rudolf Deyl ml.

děda hlídající raketu

Karel Effa

pobočník velitele

Oldřich Velen

komisař policie

Jana Rendlová

zapisovatelka

Markéta Rauschgoldová

rozčílená žena ve frontě

Zdenka Revayová

dívka s koněm

Eva Vodičková

hlasatelka

Zdeněk Blažek

strážný v pevnosti

Radim Cvrček

informátor u automatu Sonor

Aleš Košnar

mladý voják

František Šolc

Vaškův dědeček

Miloš Vosmanský

předseda MNV

Dubbing

Miroslav Moravec

hlas z amplionu

Jindřich Narenta

německý hlas z amplionu

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloš Valík

Screenstory

Josef Pinkava

Screenplay

Josef Pinkava

Script Editor

Jiří Blažek

Second Unit Photography

Emil Bártek

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

František Santarius

Costume Designer

Naďa Škapová

Make-Up Artist

Karel Marek, Karel Konrád

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Music

Music Composed by

Wiliam Bukový

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Země fantazie, C'est la vie

Songwriter

Wiliam Bukový (Země fantazie), Jaromír Klempíř (C'est la vie)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Pinkava (Země fantazie), Jiří Štaidl (C'est la vie)

Singer

Eva Olmerová (Země fantazie), Karel Gott (C'est la vie)

Production info

Original Title

Automat na přání

English Title

The Wishing Machine

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

20.09.1968

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. mezinárodní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Rimini

1968
Rimini / Italy