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Cinematheque . Film Schedule . JIRI TRNKA: FIVE ANIMATED SHORTS

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A Special Event! Film Classics in 35mm! The Puppet Master: Jiri Trnka


Czechoslovakia | 1946-1965 |


Five essential animated shorts spanning Trnka’s 20-year film career illustrate his versatility and political courage. Program includes: Springman and the SS (Pérák a SS, 1946, co-directed by Jiří Brdečka, no dialogue, 35mm), a biting anti-Nazi satire; the whimsical cutout animation Merry Circus (Veselý circus, 1951, no dialogue, 35mm); the dystopian Space Age satire Cybernetic Grandma (Kybernetická babička, 1962, subtitles, DCP); the bawdy Boccaccio adaptation Archangel Gabriel and Mistress Goose (Archandĕl Gabriel a paní Husa, 1964, no dialogue, DCP); and Trnka’s final masterpiece The Hand (Ruka, 1965, no dialogue, 35mm), a powerful allegory on artistic expression and totalitarianism. Total running time 100 min.

Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.

This touring retrospective is produced by Comeback Company, originated at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Curated by Irena Kovarova. Films provided by the Czech National Film Archive. All photos courtesy of Czech National Film Archive. Program descriptions partially derived from film notes written by Andy Lauer.

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