Genre: Fantasy • Comedy
Director: Vojtech Jasný
Starring:Jan Werich, Emília Vásáryová, Vlastimil Brodský
Duration: 91 min.
A mysterious traveling circus that arrives in a village accompanied by a sunglasses wearing cat named Mokol. When the cat's glasses are removed, people in the village appear bathed in different colours that reflect their true feelings.
The Cassandra Cat is a film directed by Vojtech Jasný. It premiered at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival where it received the Special Jury Prize, sharing the award with Masaki Kobayashi's Seppuku.
A vividly filmed allegorical fantasy concerning a small village in Czechoslovakia. The film starts with old man Oliva (Jan Werich) introducing the various townsfolk as he watches the daily happenings of the picturesque village from the top of a clock tower. Soon a traveling circus arrives, and along with it is a magical cat, who has the power to reveal peoples' true nature, rendering them in bright colors representing who they really are inside. Red for lovers, purple for hypocrites and liars, grey for thieves, yellow for the unfaithful. This obviously causes an uproar among the citizens as they scurry away in an attempt to keep their true colors hidden.
It is beautifully filmed, with some clever use of color throughout. But the social and political satirical message is rather heavy handed, and it gets bogged down by its psychedelic visual sequences, that look incredible but do tend to go on for too long.
— Bonjour Tristesse