Virginity

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Panenství

Runtime

82 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

04.11.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Vávra

Synopsis

Hana Poláčková finds herself in the streets alone and with no means of survival. Her step-father had begun to succumb to her charms and her mother takes her revenge by throwing her out of the house. The girl is fortunate, however, and finds a job in a cafeteria where she works her way up from kitchen help to cashier. Sales assistants Lili and Mary warn her about the undesired attentions of the cafeteria owner Josef Nevostrý and regular customer Rudolf Res, a commercial director. The men, well past their prime, are known for their weakness for innocent girls. Hana, however, thinks only of her boyfriend, the composer Pavel Jimeš. He is plagued by a serious illness which can only be treated in a sanatorium in the Tatra mountains. With no money to fund his treatment, Hana has to make a painful decision. All she has is her innocence and for this the director is quite willing to pay. Despite her resolve to sacrifice herself, Hana's disgust proves the stronger. To make up for her failure, Hana accepts an offer of marriage from Nevostrý and rushes to Pavel with the necessary money, even though it is her wedding day. It is too late: the young man has died and there is nothing for it but to return to her husband.

Note

Otakar Vávra took over the role of the director after the death of Josef Rovenský, practically rewriting the original screenplay by A. J. Urban and František Čáp and hiring a new cast. The film was presented at the 6th Venice Film Festival, 1938.

Cast

Lída Baarová

Hana Poláčková

Jaroslava Skorkovská

majitelka koloniálu, Hanina matka

František Kreuzmann

Hanin otčím

Ladislav Boháč

skladatel Pavel Jimeš

Zdeněk Štěpánek

majitel automatu Josef Nevostrý

Adina Mandlová

prodavačka v automatu Lili

Božena Šustrová

prodavačka v automatu Mary

Jaroslav Průcha

komerční rada Rudolf Res

Vítězslav Boček

básník Hejtmánek

Bedřich Veverka

MUDr.Mikula, asistent v nemocnici

Otto Ballon

malíř Karel Pálený

Anna Steimarová

stará zpěvačka v šantánu

Marie Ježková

myčka nádobí v automatu Barča

Gina Hašler

flamendr

Jan W. Speerger

mlékař

Milada Smolíková

zákaznice v koloniálu

Milka Balek-Brodská

majitelka zprostředkovatelny práce

Jarmila Bechyňová

prodavačka v automatu Tereza

František Filipovský

číšník v automatu Jenda

Jan Bondy

zákazník v automatu

Fráňa Vajner

zákazník v automatu

Ella Nollová

Jimešova bytná Kučerová

Marie Grossová

švadlena

Alois Dvorský

tančící host v šantánu

Václav Menger

spící host v šantánu

René Kubínský

klavírista v šantánu

Marie Popelková

animírka

Marie Holanová

domovnice u rady Rese

Eliška Pleyová

sestra v nemocnici

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

Marie Majerová (Panenství – román)

Camera

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Roman Blahník

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Proč se mi to někdy zdá

Songwriter

Roman Blahník (Proč se mi to někdy zdá)

Writer of Lyrics

Antonín Čejka (Proč se mi to někdy zdá)

Singer

Anna Steimarová (Proč se mi to někdy zdá)

Production info

Original Title

Panenství

English Title

Virginity

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

04.11.1937

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

82 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní filmový festival Benátky

1959
Benátky / Italy
Národní filmový archiv

Vítěz

Event: Odměny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1939
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Lucernafilm