Pioneers of Interactive Czech Films (50s-60s) , 2002
DVD with Czech films, compiled by Vit Havranek

DVD
courtesy Czech Television

Special thanks to: Laterna Magika Fondation EDF, Paris Musées, AFFA, Bohemia Magica

    Beginning in the 1920s, Czech artists were experimenting with all of the technological possibilities available to them from the Westen world and producing important innovations in cinema. The short documentary films -- Laterna Magika 1958, 1967 and Diapolyekran 1967-- are the only documentary shots of the audiovisual productions designed by Czech scenographer Josef Svoboda. Many of these cinematic productions involved the use of a »magic lantern«, a precursor to the modern slide and film projector, in conjunction with theatre sets and live performance. Kinoautomat 1967, shows footage of the Kinoautomat, one of the first interactive cinema shows invented by Raduz Cincera, where audience members could decide how the film story would end by voting on a selection of choices.

These films were originally shown at the Laterna Magika exhibition at Espace EDF Electra, Paris, organized by Laterna Magika Fondation EDF, Paris Musées, AFFA, Bohemia Magica, and through the research efforts of curator Vit Havranek.

Films ::

Laterna Magika, 1958
author / producer: unknown

Laterna Magica, 1967, Exposition Montréal
assistant director: VladimĂ­r Tosek
camera: Jan Eisner

Kinoautomat, 1967, Expo Montréal
assistant director: Vladimír Tosek
camera: Jan Eisner

Diapolyekrán, Stvoøení svìta, 1967, Expo Montréal
assistant director: Vladimír Tosek