Mr Tau and a Thousand Spells

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production year

1969—1971

Premiere

5 May 1972

Runtime

36 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel

Czech title

Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel

English title

Mr Tau and a Thousand Spells

Parallel title

Pan Tau ist wieder da

Working title

Ať žijí zázraky

Synopsis

Mr Tau is imprisoned in the Lost and Found shop. The shopkeeper has realized what the bowler hat can do and has made a comfortable life for himself with it. He has modernized the shop, magicked up a luxury car, and now lives in a castle. He has even bet a great deal of money on an outsider in a horse race and made sure by magic that the horse wins. But he is still obsessed with his money; he sleeps on it and guards it with a loaded rifle. The children organize a search to save Mr Tau. A clever little dog Žerýk gets into the castle during the night and with the help of other canine friends manages to switch the magic bowler hat with an ordinary one. In the morning, the shopkeeper wakes up on a dustheap. His money and all the things he has acquired using the magic bowler have disappeared. The children free their beloved Mr Tau and joyfully take to the Prague streets with him.

Note

The story Mr Tau and Thousand Spells was distributed in cinemas in a block with two other stories: Search for Mr Tau and Mr Tau and a Taxi Driver.

Cast

Jan Werich

bohatý pan Viola

Veronika Renčová

Claudie, Violova vnučka

Milena Zahrynowská

Claudiina maminka

Miloš Kopecký

vousáč, vedoucí Ztrát a nálezů

Josef Vytasil

kluk-cvalík

Jan Vyčítal (2)

vlasatý kluk

Jaroslav Ševčík

pihovatý kluk

Václav Neckář

mechanik Václav

Hana Hátleová

dívka s mašlí

Jana Skřivánková

dívka

Vladimír Horka

kluk

Helena Lišková

dívka

Zdeněk Hodr

starší pán hledající klíče

Jiří Fictum

dubl za M. Kopeckého

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Jiří Potsch, Robert Vacík, Pavla Marková

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar, Vladimír Malík (loutková část)

Second Unit Photography

Miloš Petrolín

Camera Operator

Stanislav Šťastný

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý, Miroslav Hrachovec

Art Director

Stanislav Látal (loutková část)

Set Designer

Václav Pošta, Jan Petrů, Jiří Žůček

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Martin Baroch, Jan Syrový

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

Dagmar Ševčíková, Josef Vítek, Růžena Hejsková

Music

Songs

Tak, a můžeme si hrát

Songwriter Jiří MalásekJiří BažantVlastimil Hála
Writer of Lyrics Ivo Fischer
Singer Václav Neckář

Já si žiju jako lord

Songwriter Jiří MalásekJiří BažantVlastimil Hála
Writer of Lyrics Ivo Fischer
Singer Miloš Kopecký

Production info

Original Title

Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel

Czech Title

Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel

English Title

Mr Tau and a Thousand Spells

Parallel Title

Pan Tau ist wieder da

Working Title

Ať žijí zázraky

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1969—1971

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 4 March 1969
start of filming 28 July 1969
end of filming 26 September 1971
projection approval 18 February 1972

Premiere

premiere 5 May 1972

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ericha Švabíka, Erich Švabík (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

36 min

Original length in metres

1 026 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech