Mr Tau and the Taxi-Driver

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

5 May 1972

Runtime

33 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuremedium

Original title

Pan Tau a taxikář

Czech title

Pan Tau a taxikář

English title

Mr Tau and the Taxi-Driver

Parallel Title

Pan Tau fährt Taxi

Working Title

Claudie a taxikář

Synopsis

Heavy traffic prevents Claudie's mother from getting to the airport on time to pick up her daughter. Claudie has a little money and so she takes a taxi. The taxi driver is very annoyed because he could have picked up a rich foreigner instead of Claudie, and so at the first opportunity he throws Claudie out of the car. Only little figurine of Mr Tau is still there on the back seat. The taxi man's behaviour doesn't go unpunished: the feathers start jumping out of the upholstery of his car, smoke starts to pour out and in the end the taxi collides with a car taking a bride to her wedding. It is all the work of Mr Tau. To make sure that the bride doesn't suffer for the sins of the furious taxi driver, the little Tau transforms himself into human size and takes the bride to the town hall. The taxi driver now realizes that the lifeless little doll with the bowler hat is responsible for his misfortunes. He throws it out of the window, but only manages to destroy a policeman's booth. His subsequent drastic attempts to destroy the doll fare no better. In the end, he tries to throw it onto hot asphalt or under a steam roller. His car immediately explodes. Just then, the taxi driver gets a glimpse of the weary Claudie. He runs up to her and returns the Tau doll. When he turns round, he sees his car undamaged and Claudie leaving hand in hand with a man who looks exactly like the little doll that had been sitting in his car.

Note

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

Cast

Veronika Renčová

Claudie, Violova vnučka

Pavel Landovský

taxikář

Karel Mareš

řidič cholerik

Milena Zahrynowská

Claudiina maminka

Vladimír Hrabánek

dopravní policista

Miroslav Moravec

dopravní policista

Jaroslav Moučka

nevěstin otec

Ivo Gübel

pasažér

Karel Zelenka

řidič

Yvona Odehnalová

letuška

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Jiří Potsch, Robert Vacík, Pavla Marková

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Camera

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

Jan Petrů, Václav Pošta, Jiří Žůček

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Dana Dudová, Jan Syrový, Martin Baroch

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

Dagmar Ševčíková, Josef Vítek, Růžena Hejsková

Music

Selected Music

Jacques Offenbach

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Pan Tau a taxikář

English Title

Mr Tau and the Taxi-Driver

Working Title

Claudie a taxikář

Parallel Title

Pan Tau fährt Taxi

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Premiere

5 May 1972

Copyright Holders

Česká televize

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

33 min

Versions

Czech