Life Is Beautiful

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

20 December 1940

Runtime

102 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy, romantic

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Život je krásný

Czech title

Život je krásný

English title

Life Is Beautiful

Parallel title

Das Leben ist schön

Synopsis

While seated one evening in a wine-bar that bohemian artists frequent successful writer Jan Herold makes the acquaintance of a young, beginning painter, Jarmila Bendová. Jarmila has a financial and artistic crisis because she has lost the model for her last painting, without which she is unable to bring off her exhibition, and without selling her paintings at the exhibition she will not be able to pay her debt to her landlord. Herold comes to know of her problems and because he has fallen in love with the girl he tries to give her all possible help. As an old man he models for her so she will be able to finish her painting, as a fortune-teller he frightens the landlord so he will not clamour for the rent from her, and he arranges an exhibition for her at his new publisher's in a prestigious gallery. Jarmila eventually sees through his disguises, and when Herold now imagines that he was unsuccessful in his endeavours, she visits him alone and makes clear that she reciprocates his love.

Note

The première outside Prague was held already on the 1st of December 1940 in Choceň, the birthplace of director Ladislav Brom.

Cast

Oldřich Nový

spisovatel Jan Herold

Lída Baarová

malířka Jarmila Bendová

Bedřich Veverka

Bedřich, Heroldův sekretář

Zita Kabátová

malířka Helena

Ladislav Pešek

sochař Vojta Polívka

Jiří Steimar

nakladatel Arnošt Hartl

Lola Skrbková

úřednice u Hartla

Václav Trégl

pan domácí

František Paul

policejní komisař

Vladimír Majer

krejčí Láska

Růžena Šlemrová

Hermína, Heroldova teta

František Filipovský

sekretář nakladatele Hartla

Antonín Zacpal

sluha u věštce

Jiří Vondrovič

fotoreportér

Betty Tolarová

panská v hotelu

Vladimír Řepa

hostinský

Ladislav Brom

listonoš

Miloslav Svoboda

číšník v kavárně

Zdeněk Martínek

host v ateliéru

Jiří Eliáš

klavírista

Jan Bureš

klavírista

Zdena Vincíková

zpívající host v ateliéru

Miloš Vincík

zpívající host v ateliéru

Ota Nečas

zpívající host v ateliéru

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Screenstory

Pavel Škampa

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Art Director

Dagmar Čížková, Jan Kodet

Set Designer

Ina Žáková

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Jan Kubíček

Music

Music Composed by

Sláva Eman Nováček

Music Performed by

Jiří Eliáš /klavír písně Bílé ruce/, Jan Bureš /klavír písně Bílé ruce/

Songs

Jednou, jen jedenkrát

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Vincíkovo trioZdena VincíkováMiloš VincíkOta Nečas

Bílé ruce

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Oldřich Nový

Jen pro ten dnešní den

Songwriter Sláva Eman Nováček

Production info

Original Title

Život je krásný

Czech Title

Život je krásný

English Title

Life Is Beautiful

Parallel Title

Das Leben ist schön

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, romantic

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Production specifications

date of censorship 25 November 1940 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

preview 1 December 1940 (Choceň)
premiere 20 December 1940 /suitable for youths/ (kina Blaník /2 týdny/ a Lucerna /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Brom

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Distribution

Brom

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

102 min

Original length in metres

2 900 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Visatone

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German