Lark's Song

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Skřivánčí píseň

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

18.08.1933

Language version

Czech

Director

Svatopluk Innemann

Synopsis

Petr Kocián leaves the seminary to visit his mother in the south Bohemian village Bránov. His uncle, a parish priest, and his mother still wonder if Petr really wants to enter the priesthood. The famous diva Mája Zemanová is revisiting the area and is received at the local chateau. She meets Petr and they remember how they played together as children. Petr falls in love with Mája. Mother notices that Petr is changing and falls ill. A family friend, the doctor Votava, speaks to Mája and persuades her to leave. Petr is set to return to the seminary but at the railway station he resolves to follow Mája to Prague. He goes to look for her at the theatre where she is singing Carmen. Mája wins rapturous applause for her performance, and is happy to see Petr again. Petr's uncle is meanwhile searching for Petr because Petr's mother's health has further worsened. He sends a telegramme to the seminary and to the theatre where Mája is playing. Mája, to make parting from Petr easier, pretends her love was just flirtation. Petr goes home. Once his mother's health improves, he goes back to the seminary.

Cast

Jarmila Novotná

zpěvačka Mája Zemanová, vlastním jménem Mája Preisová

Adolf Horálek

bohoslovec Petr Kocián

Hermína Fordová

Marijánka Kociánová, Petrova matka

František Smolík

farář Jan Matouš, bratr Marijánky

Jan W. Speerger

Don José v Carmen

Jiří Hron

vojín

Kamila Rosenkranzová

garderobiérka Tonka

Erno Košťál

dirigent v opeře

František Jerhot

inspicient

František Říha

divadelní šatnář

Robert Ford

divák v opeře

Ferdinand Jarkovský

divák v opeře

Bohdan Lachman

divák v opeře

Marie Novotná

divačka v opeře

Antonín Kandert

lékař Votava

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

František Jerhot

Based on

Jaroslav Kvapil (Oblaka – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Josef Neuberg

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Julius Schmitt

Music

Music Composed by

Erno Košťál

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Hubička /Skřivánčí píseň/), Georges Bizet (Carmen /Habanera/)

Songs

Skřivánčí píseň, Habanera

Songwriter

Bedřich Smetana (Skřivánčí píseň), Georges Bizet (Habanera)

Writer of Lyrics

Eliška Krásnohorská (Skřivánčí píseň), Henri Meilhac (Habanera), Jacques Fromental Halévy (Habanera)

Singer

Jarmila Novotná (Skřivánčí píseň), Jarmila Novotná (Habanera)

Production info

Original Title

Skřivánčí píseň

English Title

Lark's Song

Working Title

Oblaka / Mája

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

18.08.1933

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Versions

Czech