Wishing Machine

Josef Pinkava, 1967

Film at Filmový přehled


Josef Pinkava was already among the best directors of films for children and teens when in 1967 he seized the opportunity to realise his own screenplay in an ambitious Czech-French co-production. The protagonists of his playfully conceived narrative for Automat na přání – a shorter version of which was released in the US as The Wishing Machine (1971) – are two boys, Honza Kašpar and Vašek Balabán, who dream of travelling far beyond their tiny Czech village. Their wish is fulfilled by dreaming up an interplanetary spacecraft, which also gives them stories to tell their friends. The distance from adventurous children’s dreams to reality, however, remains quite stark... Apart from amateur child actors Vítězslav Weingärtner and Milan Zeman, the film features seasoned professionals such as František Filipovský and Josef Hlinomaz.
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres children
Form feature
Duration 82 min
Director Josef Pinkava
Cast Vítězslav Weingärtner, Milan Zeman, František Filipovský, Josef Hlinomaz, Miloslav Holub, Rudolf Deyl ml.
Director of photography Jiří Kolín
Screenplay Josef Pinkava
Editor Antonín Štrojsa
Production designer Zdeněk Rozkopal
Music Wiliam Bukový
Sound designer Radomír Koutek