A Heart For a Song

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

22 December 1933

Runtime

76 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Srdce za písničku

Czech title

Srdce za písničku

English title

A Heart For a Song

Parallel title

Ein Herz für ein Lied

Working title

Komediant

Synopsis

Countess Mira has fallen in love with the poor musician Petr Braun whom she got to know through hearing his song while out walking in the Malá Strana quarter. Her aunt, Princess Sofie, would like to see Mira married to Harry, to whom she is engaged. Sofie employs a private detective to follow Mira. Mira's father, Count Strindberg, wants his daughter to be happy, so he invites Petr to his palace. Mira, outside Petr's apartment, happens to hear him confessing his love to someone; she does not know he is speaking to a photograph of her. She therefore rejects Petr and decides to marry Harry. Petr becomes a famous song writer. But he is unhappy and a friend of his, Skála, tells Mira how much Petr loves her. On the day of her wedding to Harry, Mira happens to hear a song of Petr's. She tells Harry she cannot marry him because she loves another man. Harry takes the news sanguinely and Mira goes off with Petr.

Note

The German-speaking copy KK-A 2084,0 m is preserved in the National Film Archive.

Cast

Karel Hašler

hrabě Hugo Strindberg

Marie Ptáková

kněžna Sofie, Hugova sestra

Jarmila Vacková

komtesa Mira, Hugova dcera

Oskar Marion

hrabě Harry, snoubenec Miry

Antonín Novotný

skladatel Petr Braun

Jaroslav Bráška

básník Vít Skála, Petrův spolubydlící

Josef Vošalík

detektiv Mádr

Jan W. Speerger

pořadatel soutěže o královnu bohémů

Jiří Klečka

bohém

Vladimír Hájek

bohém

Jiří Dědek

bohém

Josef Novák

portýr v paláci

Eliška Jílková

stará panna

Hermína Fordová

host na večírku

Robert Ford

host na večírku

Jožka Koldovská

host na večírku

Jiří Koldovský

host na večírku

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Karel Hašler

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich, Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Hašler, Miloš Smatek

Songs

Proč 'si si

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Bajo trio

Až tvoje oči klamné

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Jarmila VackováAntonín Novotný [dab]

Když soumrak Prahu zahalí

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Antonín Novotný [dab]

Já za to, milá, nemohu, že ty máš oči jak oblohu

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer mužský sbor

Každý bohém na světě je rád

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer mužský sbor

Víte, co je novýho, Mira si vezme Harryho

Singer mužský sbor

Ach, cestička, cestička ušlapaná

Singer mužský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Srdce za písničku

Czech Title

Srdce za písničku

English Title

A Heart For a Song

Parallel Title

Ein Herz für ein Lied

Working Title

Komediant

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Production specifications

date of censorship 12/1933
date of censorship 11/1934 (německy namluvená jazyková mutace)

Premiere

premiere 22 December 1933 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Fénix /2 týdny/ a Hollywood /3 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 11/1934 /unsuitable for youths/ (německy namluvená jazyková mutace)

Production

Slavia-film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

76 min

Original length in metres

2 150 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech, German

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German