Cabaret on Commission

comedy, revue

Typology

feature

Czech title

Revue na zakázku

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

03.12.1982

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenplay

Valerij F. Karen, Zdeněk Podskalský, Juraj Herz

Screenstory

Viktor Dusil, Valerij F. Karen

Summary

While approaching the end of his filmmaking career, director Zdeněk Podskalský twice turned to the comedy duo Jiří Lábus and Oldřich Kaiser. In both cases, the films more or less comprise of a series of sketches put together around a “commissioned” theme: in the case of Velká filmová loupež (The Great Movie Robbery, 1986) the story centres on the U Hybernů cinematographic exhibition, while when it comes to the crazy comedy Revue na zakázku (Cabaret on Commission, 1982) viewers behold a manifestation of Czechoslovak-Kazakh cultural solidarity. While preparing an ice revue coproduction based on One Thousand and One Nights, the two protagonists – an assistant choreographer and an assistant director –set out on a journey to the exotic city of Almaty to study Kazakh folklore. But for these two young guys the boundary between reality and imagination is highly distorted… Apart from the popular duo, a number of Kazakh and Soviet artists also appear. However, the musical performances are led by Helena Vondráčková and Karel Černoch.

Synopsis

A revue on ice on the motif of the fairy-tale One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights is being prepared at a winter stadium in Prague. The young assistants rather scornfully obey their older colleagues and think their own thoughts. Especially the director's assistant has a colourful imagination and fantasizes about how the revue should look. Employees of the art agency Pragokoncert introduce the staff to a pretty director of a Kazakhstan art agency, Alija, and the contract is signed soon after. The young men take off for Almaty to stage a revue employing Kazakstan traditions and folklore there. Their imagination is boundless and is influenced by visions which do not overlap with reality any more. Alija wants to meet their requirements, and a folk acrobatic horse ride is prepared - the so-called jiggytov dance and a marriage with a bride kidnapping. The former assistant who is now the director does not notice in his enthusiasm that things are totally different. The revue on ice is nevertheless extremely successful. This is the end of the young men's trip and they return home. The Prague premiere turned out well, too. The old artists receive diplomas from Pragokoncert and the youngsters are flabbergasted, feeling unsure about whether everything that happened in Kazakhstan was not just the fruit of their wild imagination.

Cast

Oldřich Kaiser

asistent choreografie

Jiří Lábus

asistent režiséra

Roza Rymbajeva

zpěvačka Raušan/ředitelka umělecké agentury Alija

Doschan Žolžaksynov

Karim Sabitov, Alijin náměstek

Erik Žolžaksynov

student Murat

Vladimír Šmeral

starý režisér

Frank Towen

starý choreograf

Jaroslav Vozáb

úředník

Milan Mach

úředník

Helena Vondráčková

Šeherezáda

Karel Černoch

zpěvák

Kudajbergen Sultanbajev

kazašský úředník

Zareme Sesimbekova

zpěvačka

Kasym Žakibajev

Človíček, malý bývalý pytlák

Dimaš Achimov

Dlouhán, velký bývalý pytlák

Muchtar Bachtygerejev

inspektor Bejsembaj

Moskevský balet na ledě

Valerij Babickij

sólista Moskevského baletu na ledě

Jelena Akulova

sólistka Moskevského baletu na led

Dětská lední revue TJ Stadion Praha

Soubor Gulder

kazašský soubor

Soubor Kokšetau

kazašský soubor

Soubor Otrar Sazy

kazašský soubor

Jan Barták

tanečník ze sólového páru

Jana Beránková

tanečnice ze sólového páru

Eva Asterová

tanečnice

Vladimír Kloubek

tanečník

Jan Klár

tanečník

Marie Marmazinská

tanečnice

Ladislav Rajn

tanečník

Tanat Žaljibekov

strážný

Dubbing

Jarmila Švehlová

hlas Raušan/hlas Aliji Asenovové

Pavel Trávníček

hlas Karima

Petr Pospíchal

hlas Murata

Zdeněk Podskalský

hlas starého choreografa

Soběslav Sejk

hlas strážného

Jiří Zahajský

hlas taxikáře

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Troška, Lejla Aranyševa

Assistant Director

Dalibor Fiksa, Hana Hebrová

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Podskalský

Script Editor

Milena Honzíková

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský, Marat Šajdinov

Production Designer

Idris Karsakbajev, Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Michail Kolbasovskij, Vladimír Mácha, Bohumil Kadlec, Vladimír Slepička

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová, Miroslav Dousek, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Ivana Chobotová

Cooperation

Dana Průchová, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Helena Lehovcová, Boris Moravec ml., O. Musabekov, G. Sungatulena, Š. Taševa, Miloslav Mirvald

Music

Music Composed by

Vítězslav Hádl

Music Performed by

FISYO, Studiový orchestr

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO), Vítězslav Hádl (Studiový orchestr)

Songs

Přeletaví ptáci, Pojď do pohádky za štěstím, Staň se pírkem, Šabada du dej

Songwriter

Taskyn Okapov (Přeletaví ptáci), Vítězslav Hádl (Pojď do pohádky za štěstím), Vítězslav Hádl (Staň se pírkem)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Pojď do pohádky za štěstím), Zdeněk Borovec (Staň se pírkem)

Singer

Roza Rymbajeva (Přeletaví ptáci), Helena Vondráčková (Pojď do pohádky za štěstím), Karel Černoch (Pojď do pohádky za štěstím), Oldřich Kaiser (Staň se pírkem), Oldřich Kaiser (Šabada du dej), Jiří Lábus (Šabada du dej), Roza Rimbajeva (Šabada du dej)

Choreographer

Vladimir Tichonov, Pavel Šmok

Production info

Original Title

Revue na zakázku

English Title

Cabaret on Commission

Working Title

Nezadržitelná revue

Parallel Title

Do svidanija, Medeo

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

03.12.1982

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech