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. (Verleiher-Text)


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Deutsch Diesen Film mag ich sehr und er wird für mich nie seinen Reiz verlieren. Eigentlich erinnert er mich an die Filme von Woody Allen – nicht nur deshalb, weil er das im Grunde genommen klassische Schema von ähnlichen romantischen Komödien ein bisschen anders darstellt (aber gut und frisch), sondern auch wegen der großen Portion von Worthumor. Außerdem ist Oldřich Nový wieder toll. Seine Leistung in diesem Film bestärkt mich in meiner Ansicht, dass er nicht in die Schublade eines hundertprozentigen Liebhabers gehört (obwohl ihn heutzutage viele Menschen leider immer noch so wahrnehmen). Er war vor allem ein hundertprozentiger Komiker mit einer, sagen wir mal, Liebhaber-Neigung. Und wenn im Film noch Lída Baarová, Bedřich Veverka, Zita Kabátová, Ladislav Pešek und der wie immer ausgezeichnete Václav Trégl spielen, gibt es keinen Grund, sich zu beschweren. ()


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Englisch Life is Beautiful can be used as an example of a typical film that was made based on the popularity of the previous works of its main stars. Simply put, if you liked Girl in Blueand you think Kristian is successful, you should like this film. However, it's really just a fake combination of silent film gems like Ahasuerus or Such Is Life. A story without a beginning and an end, without any deeper characterization of the acting characters, and with a primitive attempt to repeat the success of its predecessors. The young bohemian trio of Lída Baarová, Zita Kabátová, and Ladislav Pešek suffer for unknown reasons, and we don't even know the basic sketch of their previous lives and instead only a shortened thesis of destruction and failure. Into this comes a role with many outfits for Oldřich Nový version B5 (combined with celadon of indeterminate age, but with an artistic career - a grandfather with a hurdy-gurdy - an oriental interpreter of fate with a Jewish nose) and with the chattering Bedřich Veverka at his side as a skilled partner and Růžena Šlemrová as a gibbering aunt (characters created again only in a variation of roles played many times before and after). There's not much that works here, perhaps only Nováček's song "Bílé ruce," but even that is framed by somewhat clumsy dialogue, and the peculiar exhibition in the bar apparently created by cartoonist Honza. ()


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