Life Is Beautiful

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Život je krásný

Runtime

102

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

20.12.1940

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Brom

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Screenstory

Pavel Škampa

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.

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Cast

Oldřich Nový

spisovatel Jan Herold

Lída Baarová

malířka Jarmila Bendová

Bedřich Veverka

Heroldův sekretář Bedřich

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

Heroldova teta Hermína

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

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Screenstory

Pavel Škampa

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

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 (Bílé ruce) (klavír, píseň Bílé ruce), Jan Bureš (Bílé ruce) (klavír, píseň Bílé ruce)

Songs

Jednou, jen jedenkrát, Bílé ruce, Jen pro ten dnešní den, Bílé ruce

Songwriter

Sláva Eman Nováček (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Sláva Eman Nováček (Bílé ruce), Sláva Eman Nováček (Jen pro ten dnešní den)

Writer of Lyrics

Ladislav Brom (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Ladislav Brom (Bílé ruce)

Singer

Vincíkovo trio (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Zdena Vincíková (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Miloš Vincík (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Ing. Ota Nečas (Jednou, jen jedenkrát), Oldřich Nový (Bílé ruce)

Production info

Original Title

Život je krásný

English Title

Life Is Beautiful

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Premiere

20.12.1940

Production

Brom

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech