The Blue Veil

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

23 December 1941

Runtime

108 min

Director

J. A. Holman

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Modrý závoj

Czech title

Modrý závoj

English title

The Blue Veil

Parallel title

Der blaue Schleicher

Synopsis

Actor Robert Holan, a man pampered by women, meets the beautiful Marta on the terrace of the Radio Palace. He does not know that she is blind and that she has a twin called Helena. When he goes to find Marta's lost veil, the girl leaves. Holan catches sight of Helena in the corridor and finds out her name from a friend. Marta is enchanted by Holan's voice and she is now determined to undergo an operation on her eyes. Helena is betrothed to Pavel Průša, an eye doctor. She is surprised to receive a letter in which Holan asks to meet her. After a romantic walk, Helena finds that she is in love. When Holan returns the veil, she realises that he has confused her with Marta. She is heartbroken and breaks off the relationship which is only now beginning to show promise. Marta's operation is successful and her sight is returned, however, for the time being she must only walk in the twilight. The desperate Holan, now in love for the first time, goes to see Helena. At the flat he meets Marta who realises that the actor is in love with her sister and she sends him away. The vexed Holan does not understand her actions and pulls open the curtains, flooding the room with light. Marta, blinding sun light in her face, finds herself back in the hospital. When she is recovering once more, she realises that it is Pavel whom she loves and thus leaves the way clear for Helena and Holan.

Cast

Vlasta Matulová

violoncellistka Marta Hornová/sochařka Helena Hornová, Martina sestra

Karel Höger

herec Robert Holan

Václav Vydra st.

profesor Gallas, oční specialista

Marie Burešová

herečka Marie Divecká

Saša Rašilov

Králíček, fámulus sochařky Heleny

Ludvík Veverka

rozhlasový režisér Karel Madran

Jarmila Švabíková

Madranova žena Julie

Marie Vášová

ošetřovatelka na klinice

František Filipovský

inspektor programové služby v rozhlase

Ota Motyčka

rekvizitář Petr

Vladimír Leraus

oční lékař Pavel Průša

Josef Cincibus

rozhlasový hlasatel

Dagmar Frýbortová

adeptka herectví

Věra Skálová

adeptka herectví

František Počta

zřízenec rozhlasu

Josef Waltner

vrátný v rozhlasu

Josef Vošalík

divadelní zřízenec Hnátek

Marta Májová

návštěvnice terasy Radiopaláce

Libuše Bokrová

návštěvnice terasy Radiopaláce

František Roland

doručovatel z Ultraphonu

Emil Bolek

mistr kameník K. Vanyš

Jaroslav Hladík

asistent profesora Gallase

Karel Dostal

slavnostní řečník

Marie Švimberská

Crew and creators

Director

J. A. Holman

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Screenstory

Josef Mach

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka, Bohumil Heš, Balvín

Set Designer

V. Kliment

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Srnka

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Koncert pro violoncello h-moll)

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík), Český pěvecký sbor, prof. Ladislav Zelenka /violoncello/, Šicová

Songs

Modrý závoj /Pročpak si zpívám, Píseň zapomnění/

Songwriter Jiří Srnka
Writer of Lyrics Josef Gruss

Andalusie

Songwriter Jiří Srnka
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Němeček
Singer ženský hlas

Zelení hájové

Singer Saša Rašilov

Production info

Original Title

Modrý závoj

Czech Title

Modrý závoj

English Title

The Blue Veil

Parallel Title

Der blaue Schleicher

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Production specifications

date of censorship 17 December 1941 (kulturně-výchovný)
projection approval 18 June 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 18. 6. 1946)
projection approval 31 May 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 5. 1947)
projection approval 1950 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 23 December 1941 /suitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/ a Lucerna /3 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 5 July 1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Radlice

Distribution

Elekta (původní 1941), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

108 min

Original length in metres

3 073 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