One of the more fascinating aspects of the Third Reich was Adolph Hitler’s obsession with scientific progression. Whether that’s is the realm of warfare or the less pleasant areas of genetics. It’s a facet of the Fuhrer’s policy which still features heavily in popular culture, whether that’s in video game series like Wolfenstein or films such as Iron Sky. Jindrich Polák’s 1977 film Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea takes great pleasure in lampooning fascist futurists.
Set in a near future where time travel is a reality, Jan and Karel Bures (Petr Kostka) are twins who couldn’t be more different. The former is a nice guy who had to give up his career as a pilot, whilst the lives that playboy lifestyle. When a roll puts pay to Karel, Jan seizes his opportunity and adopts his brother’s identity. However, things soon go awry when he finds himself in the middle of a Nazi plot to win World War II.
Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea is an irrepressible satire which is both wildly inventive and outlandishly funny. Polák, who is probably best known today for the classic sci-fi Ikarie XB-1, is clearly having great fun ripping fascism limb from limb. There are lots of interesting elements and themes at play here, which are neatly packaged up to create a highly entertaining and genre defying adventure. Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea is a comedic time-travelling crime thriller with an unexpected twist.
- Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea presented from a new HD transfer from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
- An all-new Projection Booth commentary with Kat Ellinger, Jonathan Owen and Mike White.
- Original theatrical trailer.
- Booklet featuring a new essay writer and filmmaker Graham Williamson.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.
- premiere on Blu-ray
- Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea is released on Blu-ray and DVD by Second Run on 25 January.