THE VERY LATE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN
FAUNOVO VELMI POZDNÍ ODPOLEDNE
1983, 99 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

Vera Chytilová’s third and final collaboration with writer-costume designer Ester Krumbachová - with whom she also co-scripted DAISIES and FRUIT OF PARADISE - is an unsparing portrait of an aging Don Juan who foolishly clings to youth by pursuing younger women. A pointed riposte to the libidinal wish-fulfillment fantasies peddled by so many male directors, this caustic comedy mercilessly skewers male vanity and gives women the last laugh. - Brooklyn Academy of Music


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.


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