Film (1977; vt Tomorrow I'll Wake up and Scald Myself with Tea). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Jindřich Polák. Written by Polák, Miloš Macourek, based on a story by Josef Nesvadba. Starring Petr Kostka, Jiří Sovák, Vladimír Menšík, Vlastimil Brodský. 90 minutes. Colour.
Not widely known in the West (although it has been given a UK television showing), this Czech production is one of the most sophisticated Time-Travel films yet made, written by a team whose members all have ample sf experience (see Czech and Slovak SF). The insanely convoluted comic story, with a richer use of Time Paradoxes than is ever seen in Western sf cinema, involves going back in time to give the H-bomb to Hitler. Though farcical, it throws up interesting questions of causality. Polák also directed Ikarie XB-1 (1963), and Macourek, who has been involved with many of the best Czech sf comedies, codirected Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii (1965). [PN]
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