Cabaret on Commission

Zdeněk Podskalský, 1982

Film at Filmový přehled


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.
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About a film

Production year 1982
Countries Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Categories film
Genres comedy, revue
Form feature
Duration 78 min
Director Zdeněk Podskalský
Cast Oldřich Kaiser, Jiří Lábus, Roza Rymbajeva, Doschan Žolžaksynov
Director of photography Jiří Macák
Screenplay Valerij F. Karen, Zdeněk Podskalský, Juraj Herz
Editor Eva Bobková
Production designer Idris Karsakbajev, Milan Nejedlý
Music Vítězslav Hádl
Sound designer Karel Hodr, Adolf Böhm, Žanybek Muchamedchanov