People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart

Henning Carlsen, Denmark, 1967

100 min.DK/Feature

Sofia Petersen, a promiscuous dancer, meets student Hans Madsen while traveling on a train to South America, and the two make love. Hans has just left his girl friend, Evangeline, and is on his way to meet his fiancée, Mithra, a woman who is admittedly seeing other men and eventually reveals herself to be a lesbian. Sofia meets Evangeline's husband, an actor named Sjalof, on the train when Hans has departed; and after making love, they decide to travel to South America together. Ramon, Sofia's stepfather, tries to seduce her; but Sjalof kills him, gets Sofia a job at a brothel in Rio de Janeiro, and then returns to Evangeline in Denmark. Evangeline has since become a streetwalker, and Sjalof encourages her to continue supporting them in this fashion. Sofia cheerfully enjoys the wanton life of the brothel. She travels to New York City and, with the help of theater impresario Robert Clair de Lune, becomes a dancing star. Meanwhile Hans, who has since married Mithra, travels to Rio de Janeiro and then to New York in search of Sofia. They meet again, and Hans fantasizes about living with Sofia and two of the prostitutes from the brothel. Again on a train in Denmark, Sofia is accosted by a masked man who forces her to disrobe; the next morning she awakens to find herself alone.
Basic information Credits Music Materials
Original title Mennesker mødes og sød musik opstår i hjertet
Danish title Mennesker mødes og sød musik opstår i hjertet
Director Henning Carlsen
Screenplay Poul Borum, Henning Carlsen
Based on Roman af Jens August Schade (1944).
Director of Photography Henning Kristiansen
Editor Henning Carlsen
Sound Erik Jensen
Composer Krzysztof Komeda
Production designer P.A. Lundgren
Appearance Harriet Andersson, Preben Neergaard, Erik Wedersøe, Lone Rode
Production country Denmark, Sweden
Domestic distribution Nordisk Films Kompagni
Technical info 2725 meter, 35 mm, Widescreen, tinted, Sound
Danish theatrical release 24.11.1967
Cinemas Dagmar
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Henning Carlsen Film, Nordisk Films Kompagni, Sandrew Film & Teater AB
Domestic distribution Nordisk Films Kompagni


Direction Henning Carlsen
Assistant director Anja Breien
Assistant director Tom Hedegaard


Script Poul Borum
Screenplay Henning Carlsen


Production Henning Carlsen
Production Göran Lindgren
Production manager Bertil Ohlsson
Unit manager Bjarne Westergaard
Unit manager: Rio de Janeiro J.O. Bohlin
Unit manager: New York Robert McCarthy


Cinematography Henning Kristiansen
Camera assistant Leif Jappe


Still photographer Elliott Landy


Editing Henning Carlsen
Assistant editor Christian Hartkopp


Music Krzysztof Komeda

Production design

Production design P.A. Lundgren


Wardrobe Ulla-Britt Söderlund
Wardrobe Lotte Ravnholt


Makeup Tina Johansson
Makeup Karen Balsner
Makeup June Pedersen


Sound Erik Jensen


Choreography Eske Holm


Sofia Petersen, danserinde Harriet Andersson
Sjalof Hansen, skuespiller Preben Neergaard
Hans Madsen, student Erik Wedersøe
Evangeline Lone Rode
Devah, Sofias mor Eva Dahlbeck
Robert Clair de Lune, impressario Georg Rydeberg
Mithra, Hans Madsens forlovede Lotte Horne
Calcura, bordelværtinde Elin Reimer
Falconetti Bent Christensen
Ramon Salvador, Devahs anden mand Knud Rex
Slim Slogan, gangster Eske Holm
Lola, luder hos Calcura Mona Chong
Josefa Swell, luder hos Calcura Cassandra Mahon
Præst Ove Rud
Kose Lotte Tarp
Fræk mand Benny Juhlin
Jacob Petersen, Devahs første mand Arne Weel
Brooklyn Bruce Armand Miehe
Georg Sørensen Per Gundmann
Ung mand i New York Zito Kerras
Appearance Claus Nissen
Appearance Jimmie Moore

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