Kino-Automat – Man and His House

Ján Roháč, Radúz Činčera, Vladimír Svitáček, 1967



Kinoautomat was a unique film project presented to the world by Czechoslovakia during the EXPO ’67 world fair in Montreal, Canada. It was directed by Radúz Činčera, in close co-operation with co-directors Ján Roháč and Vladimír Svitáček, writer Pavel Juráček, and technical expert Jaroslav Frič. The main selling point of the Kinoautomat project is that it is purportedly the world’s first interactive film. The hour-long situation comedy follows the exploits of the hapless Mr. Novák, offering viewers the chance to vote to influence events at key points in the story. The choice between two pre-filmed options was moderated live in front of audiences by Mr. Novák actor Miroslav Horníček. In Czechoslovakia, the 1968 screening of this film necessitated the costly reconstruction of Prague’s Světozor cinema. However, in 1972, regime censors permanently banned this whimsical tale – which begins with the slamming of a door, and ends with a house fire – indefinitely for non-specified “ideological” reasons.
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About a film

film_production_year 1967
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres experimental, comedy
film_form feature
film_duration 108 min
film_director Ján Roháč, Radúz Činčera, Vladimír Svitáček
film_cast Miroslav Horníček, Libuše Švormová, Josef Somr, Karla Chadimová, Miroslav Macháček
film_director_of_photography Jaromír Šofr
film_screenplay Radúz Činčera, Miroslav Horníček, Pavel Juráček, Ján Roháč, Vladimír Svitáček
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Boris Moravec
film_music_composed_by Evžen Illín
film_sound_designer Bedřich Poledník, Jiří Hora, Ivo Špalj