Two precocious pre-teen boys cut school to run amuck at an ultra-modern scientific expo. One of the exhibits is the wishing machine, a sentient machine with a female voice able to grant the patronages any wish, within reason. The two boys wish for a rocket ship to go to the moon. The machine grants them their wish, but only offers a return trip if the boys can bring the machine an object of beauty. The boys go off on a venture to find a suitable offering. Through a series of mishaps and trespasses, they wind up in a military prison and plot an escape. Director Josef Pinkava made a handful of kiddie flicks in the Czech Republic during the late 60s and early 70s, and I wonder if the rest are as bizarre, imaginative, and colorful as this one. This is from a period when kids flicks weren’t afraid to get weird and surreal. The military prison includes a singing skeleton and a bear armed with a machine gun. Surprising for a kids flick, the film has a strong antiauthoritarian undercurrent, similar to other Czech New Wave classics such as Daisies and Who Would Kill Jessie?

Marquis de Suave 


super rare VHS transfer, dubbed in English! color, fullscreen, mono, 78 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!


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