Woman at the Crossroads

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Žena na rozcestí

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

02.07.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Oldřich Kmínek

Synopsis

Vojnar, a clerk in the insurance bureau, lives modestly with his wife Jindra until the moment he meets his schoolmate Hodaš, the general director of an ironworks. Hodaš introduces him to Soňa, who wants to become a film star and hopes that Hodaš will finance her film. Vojnar falls in love with Soňa, and when he inherits some money from his aunt he divorces his wife and marries her. He lavishes her with riches and also gives her money for the librettist Kašpar who promises Soňa to write a screenplay. Jindra has a breakdown after the divorce and she wants to commit suicide. At the last moment an unknown man talks her out of it. Jindra finds strength for a life on her own and she takes a position in the office of Doctor Polanský. Kašpar flees with the money abroad. Soňa, who has reduced her husband to penury, begins to hate him, and she decides to poison him and direct the blame at Jindra. She pours poison into Vojnar's coffee and invites Jindra to her apartment, to the dying Vojnar. Apprised by Jindra, Polanský tries telephoning at Vojnar's. Soňa picks up the receiver and at once lays it down as Jindra is just arriving. So Polanský overhears in the telephone Soňa's admittance and her accusation of Jindra for murder. He shows up just in time to prove Soňa guilty. Vojnar recovers, but he definitively loses Jindra who has associated her life and happiness with Polanský.

Note

Rare shots of a performance by the violinist juggler Louis B. Zámečník are included in the film.

Cast

Zita Kabátová

Jindra Vojnarová

Eduard Kohout

úředník pojištovny Karel, Jindřin manžel

Zdeněk Štěpánek

advokát JUDr. Josef Polanský

Míla Reymonová

herečka Soňa Kolářová, vlastním jménem Mařka

Helena Bušová

studentka Anka Kolářová, Sonina přítelkyně

Bedřich Veverka

ředitel železáren Antonín Hodaš

Marie Grossová

Eva, Hodašova žena

Václav Vydra ml.

spisovatel a filmový libretista Roman Kašpar

Zvonimir Rogoz

cestovatel a botanik dr. Martin Braun

Eliška Pleyová

Božka, Sonina kamarádka

Marie Vildová

stenotypistka u JUDr. Polanského

František Milič

úředník pojišťovny

Darja Hajská

panská u Vojnara

Milka Balek-Brodská

drbna v domě

Betty Kysilková

drbna v domě

Ella Nollová

drbna v domě

Miloš Šubrt

žebrák

Bobina Prošková

Sonina kamarádka

Josef Kotalík

ředitel pojišťovny

Julius Baťha

úředník v pojišťovně

Václav Pata

číšník

Louis B. Zámečník

houslový žonglér

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

František Milič

Based on

Olga Fujerová (Žena na rozcestí – román z časopisu Pražanka)

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Karel Šilhánek

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Selected Music

Louis B. Zámečník (Tři staří kamarádi při mariáši), Peranelli (Kanárek)

Production info

Original Title

Žena na rozcestí

English Title

Woman at the Crossroads

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

02.07.1937

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Versions

Czech