Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Jun 2, 2018
7:30pm
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THE PUPPET MASTER: THE FILMS OF JIŘÍ TRNKA
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Comeback Company

“Merry Circus” (Veselý Cirkus) (1951, Czechoslovakia, 12 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) Trnka brings to life a surrealist circus of tightrope-walking fish, musical monkeys, balancing bears and high-flying acrobatics in this whimsical feat of cut-out animation made in collaboration with leading Czech painters of the era.

“The Animals and the Brigands” (Zvířátka a Petrovští) (1946, Czechoslovakia, 8 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) A rooster, a cat and a goat meet a trio of ignoble characters deep in a night-shrouded forest in this hand-illustrated, Cannes prize-winning folktale, which showcases Trnka’s gift for evoking light and shadow. In Czech with English subtitles.

35 mm!

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.


English version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. | Screening formats: DCP (“Merry Circus,” “The Animals and the Brigands”). 35mm (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM)
Aero Theatre • Sat, Jun 2, 2018 • 7:30pm
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