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The Cassandra Cat

1h 44m Family, Fantasy, Restoration 1963

One is unlikely to forget this fantastical comedy from director Vojtěch Jasný, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1963.

In a dual role, much-loved Jan Werich plays the storyteller-castle warden and magician Oliva, who arrives in a small town with the charming artiste Diana (Emília Vášáryová) and a feline protagonist wearing glasses. This cool cat holds the screen as a people watcher, who, besides sleeping, eating and snuggling, unveils the true colours of citizens when its glasses are removed. Liars are violet; the unfaithful turn yellow and red glows out of the love-struck. But, fearing that this feline character ultimately sees too much, shady figures in town - those who wish to hide their ‘bad things’ - plot a plan to steal the tomcat.

Indulge in this one-of-a-kind Czechoslovak new wave classic with a new restoration that plays as charmingly as a wonderfully multicoloured dream.


Jiří Brdečka


Vojtěch Jasný


Jan Werich


Vojtěch Jasný


Czech, English subtitles






Czech Film Archive

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