A Self-Willed Girl

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Svéhlavička

Runtime

97 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production year

1926

Premiere

07.01.1927

Language version

Czech

Director

Rudolf Měšťák

Synopsis

The daughter of a land owner, Zdenka Menšíková, is an exceedingly mischievous girl. Her father, a widower, marries for the second time, even though her daughter does not agree with the match. Zdenka makes all kinds of trouble for her stepmother. When the care of a strict governess proves to be of no help at all, her father decides to send Zdenka to a boarding school. Christmas approaches and Zdenka is saddened to receive a letter from her father in which he tells her it would be best if she stayed at the boarding school for Christmas. Zdenka sends some presents home with a letter in which she asks her stepmother for forgiveness. Several weeks later she receives news from home that her stepmother has given birth to a little boy. Celebrations are being organised at the boarding school. During a drill, the little ward Lo becomes ill and she dies shortly afterwards. Spring arrives and Zdenka says farewell to Ellen and returns home. She is welcomed by the family, including her little brother Jiříček, she has to face the attentions of Mr Alfréd but finally accepts an offer of marriage from Sýkora, the son of a landlord.

Note

The novel "Svéhlavička" (A Mind of her Own), written by Emmy von Rhoden, was adapted for its Czech publication by Eliška Krásnohorská; this adaptation was used for the film. In the introductory titles the film-makers thank the following firms for lending their products during the making of the film: Weigert, Spálená street (ladies´ toilets), Gottwald and Co., Národní street (iron furniture), Bondy, Wenceslas Square (children´s clothing), Münzberger and Štěpnička, Spálená street ("cutlery and porcelain"), Hronek, Old Town Square (work coats).

Cast

Marie Kalmarová

svéhlavička Zdena Menšíková

Karel Jičínský

velkostatkář a okresní starosta Menšík, Zdenin otec

Marta Harlasová-Schrödlová

Zdenčina nevlastní matka, příbuzná Sýkorových

Josef Rovenský

kočí Mates

Adolf Krössing

zahradník v penzionátu

Málka Tuháčková

služka u Menšíků Kačenka

Lili Měšťáková

chovanka v penzionátu Lili

Karel Faltys

statkář Sýkora

Jaroslav Vávra

advokát Jiří, Sýkorův syn

Jarka Pižla

vesnický kluk

Marie Oliaková

ředitelka penzionátu slečna Záleská

Jiřina Janderová

učitelka slečna Hodanová

Marie Grossová

Čechoameričanka Ellen Greyová, chovanka v penzionátu

Darja Hajská

chovanka v penzionátu Milada

V. Ledecký

učitel češtiny dr. Dvorecký

Milka Balek-Brodská

učitelka angličtiny

Alfred Schlesinger

starý učitel Kročenský, Menšíkův přítel

Čeněk Šlégl

Zdenčin ctitel pan Alfréd

Eduard Šlégl

Alfrédův otec

F. X. Mlejnek

host na večírku v penzionátu

Jindřich Měšťák

host na večírku v penzionátu

Marie Kalmarová st.

obsluhující u stolu

Olga Kalmarová

holčička Lilli-Lo, chovanka v penzionátu

Rosalie Chudobová

žena v černém na pohřbu

Crew and creators

Based on

Emmy von Rhoden (Svéhlavička – román), Eliška Krásnohorská (Svéhlavička – román)

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Svéhlavička

English Title

A Self-Willed Girl

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production Year

1926

Premiere

07.01.1927

Production

Favoritfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Republicfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

97 min

Versions

Czech