KINOAUTOMAT: One Man and His House
(Kinoautomat: Člověk a jeho dům) Director: Radúz Činčera, ČSSR, 1966, Czech version / moderated in Czech, 90 min
While Kinoautomat was created in Czechoslovakia by a talented team in 1966-67, it is generally considered to be the brainchild of Radúz Činčera. It was a performance, which combined a projected film with interventions from two stage moderators, which was shown for the first time at the Czechoslovak Pavilion at Expo '67 Montreal, where it ran for six months as a one-hour show.
The film, One Man and his House, centers around Mr. Novák (played by Miroslav Horníček, a very well-known Czech personality) who finds himself caught up in various situations which represent moral dilemmas.
Using a specially constructed voting system, the audience members can change the trajectory of the film at several key moments by pressing red or green buttons. The direction voted by the majority would then be followed by the projection team.
The film itself is a good example of "Czech New Wave" cinema, but its setting in a theatrical format takes its inspiration from the "Laterna Magika" movement, which developed in Prague in the late 1950's.
After Montreal, the system was set up again at HemisFair '68 in San Antonio, and had a run in Prague at Kino Svetozor in 1971. After the addition of some new scenes, it was performed for the last time at Expo '74 in Spokane. Now, after more than 40 years, Kinoautomat returns to Svetozor...
More about Kinoautomat and it's history here.