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The Puppet Master Jiří Trnka: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

October 11, 2018 7:00 pm

Lightbox Film Center

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sen noci svatojánské) Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 1959, 35mm, 72 min., English version.

Trnka’s bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale, a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty that plays out amidst a garlanded, pastel dreamscape. Preceded by: Why UNESCO? (Proč UNESCO?) Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 1958, 10 min., Czech w/ English subtitles Commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (which considered Disney for the assignment before settling on Trnka), this cartoon short employs strikingly simple animation to make the case that all of humanity is enriched by tearing down the walls that separate us.

Tickets: https://lightboxfilmcenter.org/series/the-puppet-master-the-complete-jiri-trnka

 

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