Fortuitous Moment

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production year

1935

Premiere

20 September 1935

Runtime

89 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama, educational

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Osudná chvíle

Czech title

Osudná chvíle

English title

Fortuitous Moment

Parallel title

Hra náhody / Der verhängnisvolle Augenblick

Synopsis

A young bank clerk, Dr Dvořák, falls in love with the daughter of the bank's director. His feelings are requited and the girl's father welcomes the union. Dvořák's colleague Reich tempts the future husband into his favourite night club so he can toast the last few days of his freedom. In the bar Dvořák makes the acquaintance of a dancer and occasional prostitute named Mimi and, in an alcoholic haze, lets himself be seduced by her. Mimi's lover Gustav Kraus catches them together in her flat and Kraus tries to blackmail the young man. A struggle ensues during which Kraus falls unconscious to the ground and Dvořák, believing him dead, flees to Belgrade. There he feverishly scans the papers and is also paranoid that he has caught some disease from Mimi. In despair he seeks out a surgery run by a Czech doctor who instructs him on the issues of sexually transmitted diseases. The film contains a documentary film interlude, after which the original feature film resumes. Dvořák, now cured, discovers that Kraus is unharmed and he returns home. He is given back his old job, his fiancée forgives him and becomes the mother of healthy children. The prosecutor, however, succumbs to an untreated sexually transmitted disease.

Cast

Vlasta Orská

Marta Bartošová

Jaroslav Hurt

bankovní ředitel dr. Bartoš, otec Marty

Jožka Koldovská

tanečnice a zpěvačka Mimi

Jan W. Speerger

Gustav Kraus, milenec Mimi

Roman Roda-Růžička

dr. Ladislav Dvořák, tajemník ředitele

Marie Blažková

matka dr. Dvořáka

Miloš Vávra

docent MUDr. Materna, český lékař v Bělehradě

František Kreuzmann

prokurista Reich

František Malý

správce dolů

Jaroslav Hladík

host v baru

Felix Kühne

host v baru

J. Kliment

zřízenec

Orchestr F.O.K.

orchestr v baru

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

MUC. Gustav Čibera

Screenstory

MUDr. Hynek Fügner, JUC. Hynek Fügner

Director of Photography

Josef Bulánek

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Sound Designer

Antonín Kopřiva

Production Manager

J. V. Musil

Consultant

univ. prof. MUDr. Karel Hübschmann

Cooperation

Josef Wagner (dialogy německého dabingu 1936), Josef Kokeisl (režie německého dabingu 1936), ateliér AAFI (německý dabing 1936)

Music

Music Composed by

Saša Grossman

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.,

Songs

Častokrát se marně ptám

Singer Jožka Koldovská

Production info

Original Title

Osudná chvíle

Czech Title

Osudná chvíle

English Title

Fortuitous Moment

Parallel Title

Hra náhody / Der verhängnisvolle Augenblick

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama, educational

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production Year

1935

Production specifications

date of censorship 07/1935 (kulturně-výchovný)
date of censorship 03/1936 (kulturně-výchovný /německy namluvená jazyková mutace/)

Premiere

premiere 20 September 1935 /suitable for youths/ (kino Hvězda /4 týdny/, Praha)
premiere 03/1936 /unsuitable for youths/ (německy namluvená jazyková mutace)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Host Hostivař

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 543 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Philipsonor

Versions

Czech, German

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German