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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Jun 3, 2018

Jiří Trnka Shorts: Mature Mastery
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Comeback Company

In the 1960s, at the height of his artistic powers, Czech animator Jiří Trnka turned to increasingly dark, surreal, satirical and politically defiant subject matter. The result was a string of visually innovative, modernist masterpieces that encompass dystopian science fiction, religious parody and, in his final crowning achievement, an impassioned protest against state censorship.

Program includes:

“Passion” (Vášeň) (1962, Czechoslovakia, 9 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) A boy’s need for speed causes problems throughout his life in this triumph of modernist design, which blends puppet, stop-motion, collage and cut-out animation with a gothic humor and Pop Art-like visual design.

“Cybernetic Grandma” (Kybernetická Babička) (1962, Czechoslovakia, 28 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) Trnka took a turn into Space Age sci-fi surrealism with this dark, dystopian satire in which a child traverses a forbidding technological wasteland to meet (surprise!) her uncanny new robotic grandmother. In Czech with English subtitles.

“Archangel Gabriel and Mistress Goose” (Archanděl Gabriel a Paní Husa) (1964, Czechoslovakia, 29 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) Adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron, this irreverent, medieval-set lampoon of religious hypocrisy mixes Christian iconography with bawdy black humor to tell the tale of a lusty Venetian monk who assumes the guise of the angel Gabriel to seduce a married woman.

“The Hand” (Ruka) (1965, Czechoslovakia, 18 min. Dir. Jiří Trnka) Trnka’s last work is a powerful, deeply personal allegory about the plight of the artist toiling under the restrictions of a totalitarian government. The story of a simple sculptor who is menaced by a giant, disembodied hand that forces him to bend to its will, it was banned by the Communist censors for two decades - but has since taken its place as an acknowledged masterpiece of animation.

Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Jun 3, 2018 • 7:30pm

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