10/5/2018

The Emperor’s Nightingale (Císařův slavík)

Jiří Trnka & Miloš Makovec, Czechoslovakia, 1948, 35mm, 72 min., no dialogue

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Trnka’s adaptation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale—about a Chinese emperor ensorcelled by the song of a mechanical nightingale—is an enchanting animated jewel box awash in hallucinatory, storybook imagery.

Preceded by:
The Devil’s Mill (Čertův mlýn)
Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 1949, 20 min., no dialogue
A barrel organ grinder meets the devil on a mysterious moonlit night in this haunted house fable, which showcases Trnka’s atmospheric use of sound to conjure a macabre mood.

FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAM

The touring retrospective THE PUPPET MASTER: THE COMPLETE JIŘÍ TRNKA 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. Image Courtesy of Czech National Film Archive.

THE PUPPET MASTER: THE COMPLETE JIŘÍ TRNKA - trailer

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