The Cassandra Cat (Až přijde kocour, also known less than the far more direct translation When the Cat Will come), directed by Vojtěch Jasný, is a cult classic in the Czech Republic and is a staple amid revival showings at Prague arthouses. But irrespective of a 2021 4K restoration from the Czech National Movie Archive, it has still to obtain an up to date property video clip release.
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Right until now: courtesy of British isles distributor Arrow Video, The Cassandra Cat can at last be liked in all of its higher-definition glory on a new blu-ray. While the restored edition has nonetheless to officially strike the Czech market place, community distributors are also retailing the British isles release.
The Cassandra Cat stars Jan Werich, Emília Vášáryová, and Vlastimil Brodský in the tale of a touring circus that arrives in a small Czech city. One particular of the customers of the circus takes place to be a cat that wears sunglasses — and through them, reveals the needs and virtues of the townsfolk.
Component fairy tale and portion political satire, The Cassandra Cat gained the Jury Prize at the 1963 Cannes Film Competition. Five many years later, it was banned by the communist routine right after Soviet tanks rolled into Prague, with censors deeming the film a subversive critique.
Arrow Video’s new release is the earth premiere of The Cassandra Cat on large-definition house video clip. It contains co-author Jiří Brdečka’s animated brief Badly Painted Hen as perfectly as audio commentary and booklet that includes an essay about the film by creator Cerise Howard.
The Cassandra Cat turned a thing of a meme not too long ago, right after Chris Human being tweeted a story about his film professor’s description of the film: “when I was in my nation I make motion picture about cat who wear sun shades, and exhibits people true emotions.”
The Cassandra Cat director Vojtěch Jasný fled the Czech Republic soon after the Warsaw Pact Invasion of the nation by Soviet forces in 1968. He identified a career instructing through Europe and the United States, and permanently relocated to New York in the 1980s, the place he taught at Colombia University, the New York Movie Academy, and the College for Visual Arts.
He also continued to make offbeat movies, if only sporadically. He wrote the Canadian cult common The Peanut Butter Solution, which has haunted the minds of a lot of 80s young ones given that its launch in 1985, and directed the very similar The Terrific Land Of Smaller, which has nevertheless to achieve the very same kind of fanfare.
“Jasný is the spiritual father of the Czech New Wave,” Miloš Forman as soon as explained about the filmmaker, who returned to the Czech Republic following the Velvet Revolution and handed absent in 2019.