Double Life

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

25 August 1939

Runtime

84 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dvojí život

Czech title

Dvojí život

English title

Double Life

Synopsis

Žofka, daughter of the steward Dražil, moves to Prague. She finds work and wants to live independently but she resolves to return to her village and marry the locksmith Jan Rokyta who loves her. Her sister Jiřina loves the son of the landowner Remeš, Jaroslav. Remešs do not approve of Jaroslav's relationship with Jiřina. Only uncle František, manager of a Prague factory, approves of it. He therefore takes Jiřina under his wing with the idea of giving her an education. In Prague Žofka gets involved with Rudolf Slaba, a crook who is interested in getting to know the manager Remeš through her. Eventually he manages to meet him through his own guile, not via Žofka. Žofka warns Remeš that Slaba will rob him, but she ends up hiding Slaba from the police. Slaba would like to improve his standing in Žofka's eyes and start a new life with her. But he is no longer capable of this and commits suicide. Remeš realises he did Žofka wrong but he manages to make amends. Rokyta forgives Žofka her little misdemeanour, and Jiřina finally wins the consent of Jaroslav's parents to the idea of marriage.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Václav Kubásek, 1924).

Cast

Bolek Prchal

šafář Dražil

Slávka Rosenbergová

Dražilova žena

Marie Glázrová

Žofka, starší dcera Dražilových

Drahomíra Hůrková

Jiřina, mladší dcera Dražilových

František Kreuzmann

ředitel František Remeš

Hermína Vojtová

Svobodová, teta sester Dražilových

Karel Černý

velkostatkář Josef Remeš, bratr Františka

Růžena Šlemrová

Kitty, žena Josefa Remeše

Jiří Dohnal

Jarka, syn velkostatkáře Remeše

Gustav Nezval

nezaměstnaný malíř pokojů Rudolf Slaba

Míla Pačová

Seidlová, Slabova bytná a společnice

Vilém Pfeiffer

zámečník Jan Rokyta

Anna Letenská

Staňková, Slabova přítelkyně

Vladimír Řepa

karbaník Staněk, Slabův přítel

Fanda Mrázek

Rudolfův kumpán

Ladislav Janeček

karbaník Fryček, Slabův přítel

Ota Motyčka

karbaník Vinař, Slabův přítel

Jan Černý

policejní komisař

Darja Hajská

vedoucí prádelny

Julius Baťha

strážmistr

Ladislav Kulhánek

učitel hudby

Emanuel Kovařík

vrchní v kavárně

Marie Nademlejnská

Žofčina bytná

Marie Blažková

panímáma Lázničková

Míla Spazierová-Hezká

zpěvačka v kavárně

Antonín Jirsa

host v kavárně

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Štrup, Josef Mach

Based on

Vavřinec Řehoř (Dvojí život – román)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Rudolf Žák

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

František Pilát

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Songs

Život je krátký

Songwriter Jiří Srnka
Writer of Lyrics K. M. Walló
Singer Míla Spazierová-Hezká

Production info

Original Title

Dvojí život

Czech Title

Dvojí život

English Title

Double Life

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

start of filming 24 June 1939 (ateliéry)
end of filming 15 July 1939 (ateliéry)
date of censorship 08/1939

Premiere

premiere 25 August 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Blaník /1 týden/ a Metro /1 týden/, Praha )

Production

Grafo

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Moldavia

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

84 min

Original length in metres

2 370 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German