Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea

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Name: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself With Tea
Creator: Dir. Jindřich Polák from a story by Josef Nesvadba
Date(s): 1977
Medium: Film
Country of Origin: Czechoslovak
External Links: WikipediaFilm with English subtitles on Youtube
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Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (original title Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem) is a 1977 Czech comedy science fiction film based on a short story by Josef Nesvadba. The plot is somewhat convoluted, going through the same day repeatedly and into the past to confront Hitler and other Nazis:

After time travel is invented, tourist trips to the past become common. The hero Jan is one of the engineers responsible for the invention, his identical twin brother Karel is a pilot for the tourist trade. Karel is also a spendthrift and Lothario who tries to solve his money problems by agreeing to help a group of aging Nazis take a hydrogen bomb into the past and rescue the Third Reich. On the morning of the day this is to happen Karel accidentally chokes on a croissant; by the time Jan can find a doctor he's dead. Jan decides to take his brother's place and say that the body is his own, initially to avoid telling Karel's fiancée Eva about his death. But he soon discovers just how complicated Karel's life has become, and decides to prevent both the Nazi success and (if possible) his brother's death by tampering with time. Unfortunately this does not go very smoothly, and his attempts produce a trail of bodies, fortunately mostly obliterated in the subsequent cycles of time travel. Eventually he finds a partial solution, and things end more or less happily for nearly everyone, apart from the Nazis.


This film would probably be unknown to Western European fandom if it hadn't been shown by the BBC in a foreign film slot in 1982; this was seen by several UK SF fans, which led to it being shown at Wincon, a 1991 British university SF convention where Nesvadba was one of the guests of honour. This enlarged the British fandom, although there seems to have been very little fan activity other than enthusiastic reviews etc. It was released on Czech DVD (with English subtitles) in 2007 but never officially available elsewhere. British fans with contacts in the Czech Republic began to import copies, and it still has a loyal following. The subtitled version is now on YouTube in its entirety. It contains numerous tropes that might be of interest to fans including time travel and time paradoxes, identical twins, identity theft and Nazis.

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