A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
SEN NOCI SVATOJÁNSKÉ
1959, 72 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka

This bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale is a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty that plays out amidst a garlanded, pastel dreamscape.


OLD CZECH LEGENDS
STARÉ POVĔSTI ČESKÉ
1952, 91 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka

A treasure trove of Bohemian myths is brought to life by Trnka’s magical puppet work in this folkloric hymn to the Czech land, history and people, which features a breathtaking climactic battle sequence worthy of Kurosawa.


THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE
CÍSAŘŮV SLAVÍK
1948, 72 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka, Miloš Makovec

Trnka’s adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a Chinese emperor entranced by the song of a mechanical nightingale is an enchanting animated jewel box awash in hallucinatory storybook imagery.


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