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The Paths of Life   [Assigned Title]

SMĚRY ŽIVOTA   [Assigned Title]
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Year of origin: 1940
Genre: Feature Film
Locations of shooting: Chodsko, Starý Klíčov, Mrákov, Praha: Staré Město, Staroměstská radnice, Praha: Staré Město, chrám Matky Boží před Týnem (Týnský chrám), Praha: Nové Město, Václavské náměstí (v noci), Praha: Karlín

Director: Jiří Slavíček
Screenplay: Karel Steklý
Production company: Nationalfilm
Music: Jiří Srnka
Director of photography: Josef Střecha
  Julius Vegricht

Keywords: alarm clock with a black man, anterooms, antique shops, antlers on a wall, ballerinas, ballet, ballet dress, ballet masters, ballet rehearsal, banknotes, beer in half a litre glasses, bunch of flowers, carved desks, carved hallstands, couple playing tag in a flat, dance performance, drunk man, drunkards thrown out, E. Degas' paintings, folk costumes, folk dances, fountain on a stage, gingerbread hearth, gramophones, gymnasiums, kitchens, laughing woman, living rooms, mirrors, neon signs, orchestras, painted plates, piano playing, Pianos, polka dance, revue theatres, roads, round dance, rural pubs, showering girls, Showers, silver powder boxes, snow covered countryside, social dancing, South Bohemian villages, spinning wheels, stages, table lamps, Tatraplan automobile, theatre dress rooms, variety theatre, village bands, village fetes, Virginia cigars (cheroots), waltz dance, windings stairs, woman kissing a woman, young couple
While attending grammar school and university Antonín Černý lives with Mrs Soukupová, a widow. He has known her daughter Boženka since childhood and now she has grown up he has fallen for her. Antonín helps his friend Malík who is suffering as a consequence of leading a high life instead of attending lectures. Boženka becomes a dancer in a theatre. Her beauty spellbinds the director, Mr Červenka, who tries to win her affections by giving her small gifts. Boženka's rock-hard virtue leads him to propose marriage. Mrs Soukupová is enthusiastic and when she tells her daughter of the great future she could have, the superficial Boženka agrees to the marriage. Antonín's parents, having lost all their property in paying for his education, move to Prague. They do not know that he, miserable about Boženka, has taken to the bottle before finishing his studies and has even drunk away the money for their rent. Now it is his friend Malík's turn to repay the favour Antonín did him. He takes up Antonín's parents and talks Antonín round. Boženka rows with her husband soon after the wedding. She goes to Antonín but he spurns her.

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Sound: Sound film
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