Chintamani Carpet and a Swindler

Jiří Krejčík, 1964



In 1958, director Jiří Krejčík took part in a story-based film O věcech nadpřirozených (Of Things Supernatural). He returned to a work by Karel Čapek six years later in the film Čintamani & podvodník (The Chintamani Carpet and a Swindler), comprising two short stories from the author’s collection, Povídky z druhé kapsy (Tales from the Other Pocket). In the first, called Čintamani a ptáci (The Chintamani Carpet and Birds), Vitásek, a passionate collector, tries in vain to obtain a valuable rug. In the second, Příběhy sňatkového podvodníka (Tales of a Trickster), a criminal wanted by the police turns out to be a sympathetic rogue with his own intransigent moral code. Both stories, for which Krejčík co-wrote the screenplays, touch upon the relativism of peoples’ attitudes and relationships. The star-studded casting, with Vladimír Šmeral, Jiří Sovák and František Filipovský in the lead roles, increases the attractiveness of the film.
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About a film

film_production_year 1964
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres short-story
film_form feature
film_duration 109 min
film_director Jiří Krejčík
film_cast Vladimír Šmeral, František Filipovský, Olga Scheinpflugová, Jarmila Kronbauerová, Zora Polanová
film_director_of_photography Eduard Landisch
film_screenplay Jiří Krejčík
film_film_editor Josef Dobřichovský
film_production_designer Jan Zázvorka
film_music_composed_by Zdeněk Liška
film_sound_designer Milan R. Novotný, Emil Poledník, Bohumír Brunclík