I Won’t Conjure After Today

fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Od zítřka nečaruji

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

09.11.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Ota Hofman, Jindřich Polák

Screenstory

Ota Hofman, Jindřich Polák

Summary

Director Jindřich Polák said a definitive farewell to the quiet character with the magic bowler hat with his 1988 film Pan Tau (Tau). As early as 1979 he had released Od zítřka nečaruji (I Won’t Conjure After Today), a montage of three televised episodes in which Mr Tau (played by Otto Šimánek) gradually relinquished his magical powers. The character was created for a children’s series which Polák co-wrote with Ota Hofman. It ran from 1969 until 1978, at which point he released another film montage, Poplach v oblacích (Alarm in the Clouds).Tracking the kind, distinguished gentleman was airport safety inspector Málek, who – thanks to Mr Tau –finally becomes convinced of the existence of miracles. But there are too many people in the world eager to seize the magical bowler hat… Apart from Šimánek (that unforgettable friend of fun and fantasy), the cast includes Vlastimil Brodský as Inspector Málek, with Zdena Hadrbolcová as his wife.

Synopsis

Mr Tau, the quiet and kind magician with a bowler hat and an umbrella, shows up unexpectedly on the wings of a plane during flight. The terrified crew contact the airport security service. After the plane lands, Mr Tau disappears. The third security inspector Málek is determined to catch the hooligan at any price. To achieve this, he gives up his holiday to visit the children's summer camp. Mr Málek's son, who just like all the other children is delighted by the new camp cook, Mr Tau himself, has unknowingly set the inspector on the magician's trail. But the children at the camp are determined not to let their beloved magician get caught and ingeniously place all sorts of traps in Inspector Málek's way. The inspector is most keen to get hold of the magician's hat, but the children bring together a mass of ordinary hats and brollies causing a huge number of hilarious situations caused by the constant confusions between the real and the fake hats. Málek finally understands that his enemy is in fact a reminder of his own forgotten childhood and makes it up with Mr Tau, and Mr Tau in return helps him persuade his superiors of the existence of miracles. At the airport, from which Mr Tau intends to fly off, people greedy for money and happiness hurl themselves at the magician's hat and rip it apart in the ensuing confusion. Mr Tau leaves without his bowler hat...

Note

By assembling seven episodes of the third series of the medium length films presented on TV only, two feature films were created, I Won´t Conjure as from Tomorrow! and Panic in the Skies, which were shown in cinemas. The titles of the films: 1. Alert in the Sky, 2. Elephant Hunt, 3. Night at Safari, 4. Mr. Tau and Woman-Magician, 5. Mr. Tau at Pioneer Camp, 6. Mr. Tau – And Which Is the Right One?, 7. I Won´t Conjure as from Tomorrow!

Cast

Vlastimil Brodský

III. inspektor bezpečnostního provozu

Zdena Hadrbolcová

Helena, Málkova žena

Marie Rosůlková

babička Málková

Josef Kemr

děda Hanousek

Václav Lohniský

kuchař Hurta

Josef Bláha

hlavní inspektor

Julie Jurištová

vedoucí oddílu dívek Terezka

Karel Augusta

hostinský

Jan Skopeček

řidič dodávky

Jiří Kodet

kapitán letadla René Ticháček

Michael Hofbauer

Otík, syn Málkových

Alena Jirešová

Alenka

Eliška Sirová

Evčka, dcera Málkových

Jan Sedláček

Pepíček, mladší syn Málkových

Miroslav Vydlák

Honzík Jeřábek

Zdeněk Loveček

vedoucí tábora "U řeky"

Milan Rybák

strážmistr VB

Tomáš Vacek

Mirek, syn řidiče dodávky

Tomáš Murdych

Martin

Jaromír Štemberg

vedoucí tábora "U potoka"

Helena Růžičková

kuchařka "U potoka"

Petr Skarke

navigátor

Josef Brozman

technik

Jiří Kosek

technik

Jaroslav Toms

technik

Bohumil Koška

požárník na ploše

Martina Červená

Kačenka

Karel Bělohradský

mechanik na letišti/řidič

Radka Dulíková

maminka holky Jany

S. Červená

Marcela

K. Hronková

Lucinka

M. Škop

Vašek

Hana Vávrová

starší pionýrka

Ludmila Zábršová

maminka Honzíka

Martin Kravka

mrňous

David Kopřiva

ubrečený kluk

I. Kryšeník

Jakub

S. Lukeš

starší pionýr

Jiřina Koucká

Jiřina

M. Rovenský

tlouštík

M. Nešuta

kluk

E. Sedláček

dubl

Zora Vesecká

holčička

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdena Lukášová

Assistant Director

Jiří Světlík, Ivana Nevolová

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Production Manager

Jan Šuster, Karel Škop

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Jaroslav Bouček

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Doležal

Cooperation

Jitka Radová, Josef Vítek, Miloslava Kostková, Pavel Pitner

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Od zítřka nečaruji

English Title

I Won’t Conjure After Today

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

09.11.1979

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech