A Woman Who Knows What She Wants

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

17 August 1934

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Žena, která ví co chce

Czech title

Žena, která ví co chce

English title

A Woman Who Knows What She Wants

Synopsis

The famous singer Manon Cavalliniová comes to Prague after fifteen years. Many years ago she was forced by her husband, the industrialist Rón, to choose between a career and life with him and their young daughter Věra. Now Manon invites her husband to the premi re. He refuses, for he does not want Věra to meet her mother, from whom she has inherited her talent for singing. Rón even fires his young secretary Veverka because he has put in a word for Manon. In Prague at the same time is Mr. de Gonzáles, president of the South American Republic of Paránas, who wants, through the mediation of Consul Klika, to buy locomotives. Rón would like to win the order for his ironworks. Gonzáles is a long-time friend of Manon's and therefore Rón is compelled to attend the theatre. Manon's success does not obscure the slaps Veverka bestows on Klika. Through inconsiderate driving the consul forced off the road into a ditch the car in which Veverka and Věra were driving on an outing. Klika, fearing that the incident will be leaked to the press, awards Rón the contract. Věra meets her mother, who warns her of the sacrifices demanded by art. The girl gives her preference to marrying Veverka. Rón makes up with Manon, but she is still thinking over whether she will return to her husband.

Cast

Markéta Krausová

slavná zpěvačka Manon Cavallini

Jiří Steimar

Alexander Rón, bývalý manžel Manon

Truda Grosslichtová

Věra, dcera Manon a Alexandra

Růžena Šlemrová

Babetta, Manonina společnice

František Paul

tajemník Anatol Veverka

Zvonimir Rogoz

bankéř Klika, konzul republiky Paránas

Vladimír Borský

tajemník Jan Rožek

Karel Třešňák

viceprezident železáren dr.Stejskala

Věra Ferbasová

stenotypistka

Josef Kotalík

kancelářský sluha

Josef Zezulka

sekretář divadla

F. X. Mlejnek

reportér

Jarmila Holmová

reportérka

Stáňa Vítková

komorná

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

don Cervantes, atašé republiky Paránas

Ferdinand Hart

don Eduardo de Gonzales, prezident Paránasu

Bonda Szynglarski

taneční mistr

Jan W. Speerger

vrátný v hotelu

Josef Waltner

recepční úředník v hotelu

Felix Kühne

diplomat v divadle

Filip Balek-Brodský

diplomat v divadle

Mario Karas

host na večírku

Ladislav Desenský

host na večírku

Marie Oliaková

host na večírku

Bohdan Lachman

host na večírku

Luigi Hofman

host na večírku

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Gill Sedláčková

Based on

Alfred Grünwald (Žena, která ví co chce – opereta), Oscar Strauss (Žena, která ví co chce – opereta)

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich (ateliéry), Otto Heller (exteriéry)

Production Designer

Guido Lagus, Rudolf Wels

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Music

Music Composed by

Oscar Strauss

Choreographer

Marta Aubrechtová

Songs

Oči ti pravdu povědí (slow-fox)

Songwriter Oscar Strauss
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav MottlKarel Melíšek
Singer Truda Grosslichtová

Noc vrátí touhy vzdálené (tango)

Songwriter Oscar Strauss
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav MottlKarel Melíšek
Singer Markéta KrausováTruda Grosslichtová

Já jsem jednou z žen (foxtrot)

Songwriter Oscar Strauss
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav MottlKarel Melíšek
Singer Markéta Krausová

Production info

Original Title

Žena, která ví co chce

Czech Title

Žena, která ví co chce

English Title

A Woman Who Knows What She Wants

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Production specifications

date of censorship 08/1934

Premiere

premiere 17 August 1934 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Alfa /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 570 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech