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THE COMPLETE JIŘÍ TRNKA
Starting April 20, 2018
OLD CZECH LEGENDS (Staré pověsti české, 1952)
OLD CZECH LEGENDS
Staré pověsti české, 1952, 81m, Czechoslovakia
new digital restoration
Czech with English subtitles
A treasure trove of Bohemian myths are brought to life by Trnka’s magical puppet work in this folkloric hymn to the Czech land, history, and people newly restored by Czech National Film Archive. Based on a tome by the “Czech Sir Walter Scott” Alois Jirásek and the medieval chronicle of Cosmas, it illustrates seven fabled historical episodes, including the settling of an Edenic ancient Bohemia, the tale of an all-female revolt led by a cast-out princess, and the legend of a weak-willed king whose passion for gold nearly destroys his kingdom. It all culminates in a breathtaking climactic battle sequence—a tour de force of editing, music, and stop-motion (employing more than 70 figurines) that plays like puppet Kurosawa.
U.S. Premiere of the new digital restoration.
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