Kino-Automat – Man and His House

Ján Roháč, Radúz Činčera, Vladimír Svitáček, 1967

Film at Filmový přehled


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

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres experimental, comedy
Form feature
Duration 108 min
Director Ján Roháč, Radúz Činčera, Vladimír Svitáček
Cast Miroslav Horníček, Libuše Švormová, Josef Somr, Karla Chadimová, Miroslav Macháček
Director of photography Jaromír Šofr
Screenplay Radúz Činčera, Miroslav Horníček, Pavel Juráček, Ján Roháč, Vladimír Svitáček
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Boris Moravec
Music Evžen Illín
Sound designer Bedřich Poledník, Jiří Hora, Ivo Špalj