The Cassandra Cat

Without its sunglasses, a cat can color people according to their nature and mood. The grown-ups consider the cat to be dangerous, but the kids just love it.

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Czechoslovakia 1963
  • English
101 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Castellan Oliva watches the everyday life of his small sweet town from the gallery of a tower. From that height, he can afford to keep a tolerant view of the weaknesses and frailties of his fellow-citizen. Robert, a young teacher, is preparing to marry his colleague Julie. Robert invites Oliva to sit as a model in a drawing lesson. The old man tells the children about his life as a sailor and about his first encounter with Diana, the love of his life, and her magical tom-cat. All of a sudden, jolly music sounds from the square, heralding the arrival of a strange circus. To the surprise of both children and adults, there is a magician sitting on the roof of a red car who is almost indiscernible from Oliva, and a beautiful girl named Diana with a tom-cat wearing sunglasses on her lap. At the close of that evening’s per­formance by the magician, Diana takes the sunglasses off her tom-cat and people begin to change color in front of his green eyes. The unfaithful turn yellow, the liars violet, the thieves and highwaymen grey, and those who are in love turn red.

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Director: Vojtěch Jasný
Screenplay: Jiří Brdečka, Vojtěch Jasný, Jan Werich
Cinematography: Jaroslav Kučera
Music: Svatopluk Havelka
Sound: Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík, Jaromír Svoboda, Antonín Jedlička
Editing: Jan Chaloupek
Production Design: Oldřich Bosák
Producer: Jaroslav Jílovec
Costumes: Vladimír Dvořák
Cast: Jan Werich, Emília Vášáryová, Vlastimil Brodský, Jiří Sovák, Vladimír Menšík, Jiřina Bohdalová, Karel Effa, Vlasta Chramostová

Cannes Film Festival

1963 – Vojtěch Jasný (Jury Special Prize)

Cannes Film Festival

1963 – Vojtěch Jasný (Technical Jury Prize)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.