The Salty Rose

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Slaná růže

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia, Poland

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.01.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Janusz Majewski

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný

Summary

Dvojí svět hotelu Pacifik (Behind the Scenes at the Pacific Hotel, 1975), Slaná růže (The Salty Rose, 1982) and Kainovo znamení (The Pass) were all coproduced films exploring historical themes made under the supervision of seasoned Polish director Janusz Majewski. The hero of Slaná růže, inspired by a Ryszard Frelek novel and following a script by Pavel Hajný, is a Pole who in the aftermath of World War II searches the Sudetenland for traces of the lost love of his life. The story segues to 1938 when International Brigades member Marek Wolski meets the beautiful violin player Ida in Carlsbad. Ida later suffers persecution from Konrad Henlein’s Nazi henchmen on account of her Jewish origins. The lovers become separated for several years as the war rages on… Czech actress Daniela Vacková shone among the international cast in the role of Ida, although she was more accustomed to supporting roles. The part of Marek was played by Polish actor Jan Piechociňski.

Synopsis

It is summer 1945 in Carlsbad and Marek Wolski fishes a diamond ring out of the washbasin siphon in the abandoned villa Mimosa. He wants to exchange it for a portrait of a girl with a rose with the middleman Paleček. – In September 1939, the town of Carslbad is full of the Sudeten Nazis, who look forward to the annexation into the German Reich. The young Polish interbrigadist Wolski stays with the dressmaker Malina illegally. He finds a ticket for a concert lying in the street and thus runs to the violin player Ida Fischerová. But the Nazis prevent the musician from performing due to her Jewish origin, even though the girl used to go on successful tours all around Europe until recently. She is enchanted by the young man who bravely stands up for her, and the two get close to each other even despite the overall tricky situation. The cowardly director of the hotel Atlantic makes Ida move away. Ida takes Marek for a trip to the village house of her father's friend, a painter called Hrůša. The Hrůšas, who view them as a couple and lodge them in a single room, unintentionally remove their last restraints. The couple spends several happy days in the house and Hrůša paints Ida's portrait. But the disquieting news about newarmed conflicts in the Sudetenland, overheard on the radio, make the couple return to Carlsbad. At Malina's place, Milan encounters his brother Petr who persuades him to leave. But the young man is in love; he is actually reluctant to flee and would rather spend all his time in the guest house Mimosa with Ida. When the girl washes his hands, her ring slips off of her finger and disappears down the plughole. The couple, however, has other worries. Marek gathers the courage to leave but he eventually jumps out of the train. He searches for Ida, but his effort is vain because the town was taken over by the Nazis. He is caught by the Gestapo in the Hrůšas' abandoned villa and is sent to a concentration camp. The war is over and Marek returns to Carlsbad. He learns from Mrs Hrůšová, whose husband was executed by the Nazis, that Ida may have successfully fled to France. Paleček says that the ring cannot pay for the painting. Marek gets some money from the hotel Atlantic director in exchange for unwillingly confirming his activities as a resistance member. Paleček, however, sold the portrait "to the lady from the painting" in the meantime. Marek finds her but Ida is now the wife of an American named Goodwin. She invites her former boyfriend cordially only in privacy, later showing him her son. The kid is about seven years old and his name is Marek.

Cast

Daniela Vacková

houslistka Ida Fischerová

Jan Piechociński

Polák Marek Wolski

Edward Rączkowski

krejčí Malina

Bogusz Bilewski

malíř Hrůša

Anna Ciepielewska

Hrůšova žena

Bronislav Poloczek

národní správce a překupník Paleček

Jiří Kodeš

Petr, Markův bratr

Andrzej Chrzanowski

Američan Joe Goodwin, Idin manžel

Hanna Banaszak

zpěvačka

Světlana Nálepková

chůva Florence

Václav Vydra

lázeňský

Ferdinand Krůta

starší muž s kolem

Józef Fryźlewicz

ředitel hotelu Atlantic

Gustav Opočenský

starý muž

Jaroslav Tomsa

policista/henleinovec

Ladislav Lahoda

policista

Karel Engel

henleinovec

Petr Jákl

henleinovec

Zbyněk Krákora

henleinovec

Jaroslav Klenot

henleinovec

Miroslav Lahoda

henleinovec

Pavel Myslík

henleinovec

Jindřich Sejk

henleinovec

Ludvík Wolf

henleinovec

Pavel Burda

výrostek

Jiří Pokora

klavírista

Věra Pokorová

pokladní

Andrzej Krasicki

konfident gestapa

Irena Karel

konfidentka gestapa

Zbigniew Buczkowski

gestapák

Jerzy Kryszak

gestapák

Bogdan Łysakowski

gestapák

Bohdan Ejmont

Lothar, Hrůšův přítel

Barbara Wałkówna

Malinova žena

Bohumil Koška

recepční

Břetislav Tetera

pianista

Włodzimierz Adamski

Američan

Leon Charewicz

americký voják

Barbara Dzido-Lelińska

Jan Konieczny

Bogusław Mach

Adam Gwara

Dubbing

Stanislav Fišer

hlas Maliny

Čestmír Řanda

hlas Hrůša

Svatava Hubeňáková

hlas Hrůšové

Alois Švehlík

hlas Palečka

Oldřich Velen

hlas ředitele

Jiří Pleskot

hlas starého muže

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Martin Mahdal, Halina Garus, Waldemar Prokopowicz

Assistant Director

Přemysl Čermák, Helena Kadlecová, Beata Ptak

Based on

Ryszard Frelek (Slaná růže /Słona róża/ – novela)

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný

Shooting Script

Janusz Majewski

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček, Jan Górski, Jerzy Gajewski

Set Designer

Ewa Braun, Karel Kracík, Bolesław Miziołek, Alojzy Przybysz, Pavel Šoltys, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek, Elżbieta Kurkowska, Jana Stejskalová (střih české verze)

Sound Designer

Jerzy Blaszyński, Lubomír Zajíc (zvuk české verze)

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb, Konstanty Lewkowicz, Renée Lavecká (vedoucí výroby české verze)

Unit Production Manager

Pawel Rakowski, Ewa Pietruszkova, Rudolf Mos, Waldemar Król, Janda Jan (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Hana Štefanová

Cooperation

Marek Denys, Eva Horázná, Wojciech Jaworski, Ewa Kossowska, Dorota Madej, Ivan Minář, Wanda Niedzielska, Małgorzata Przedpełska, Jerzy Rogowski, Z. Augustová

Dialogues of Czech version

Zdeňka Psůtková

Direction of Czech version

K. M. Walló

Music

Music Composed by

Jerzy Matuszkiewicz

Music Performed by

Orkiestra Polskiego Radia

Music Conducted by

Jerzy Matuszkiewicz (Orkiestra Polskiego Radia)

Songs

Tak bym chciela kochać już

Songwriter

Jerzy Matuszkiewicz (Tak bym chciela kochać już)

Writer of Lyrics

Wojciech Młynarski (Tak bym chciela kochać już), Angelika Wegener (Tak bym chciela kochać już) (německý text), Bronisław Zieliński (Tak bym chciela kochać już) (anglický text)

Singer

Hanna Banaszak (Tak bym chciela kochać już)

Production info

Original Title

Slaná růže

English Title

The Salty Rose

Parallel Title

Słona róża

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.01.1983

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech