Film Series : The Puppet Master: The Complete Jiří Trnka

Old Czech Legends

Staré pověsti české

1952, Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 84 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Jun 17th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 18th 6:00pm

"OLD CZECH LEGENDS tells a Mosaic epic with a scale and craft akin to WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES." - Michael Sragow, Film Comment

The mythic birth of the Czech people in their own promised land is related through seven animated Bohemian legends featuring chieftains and princesses, farmers, hunters, soldiers and villainous invaders, all seen to majestic choral accompaniment. Biblical parallels mark the opening tale, when a wise chieftain ascends a peak to view the new fruitful land where he will lead his exiled people. From the mountaintop to the forest floor, Trnka makes life teem with an array of stop-motion animals, birds, and insects, as the pioneers set about bending nature to their will, planting crops and raising families. A ruling princess is dethroned and the women revolt. The rule of men holds sway, and millennia pass, marked by epic battles (some of Trnka's most astonishing achievements), leaders wise and foolish, and a lust for gold that almost sinks an empire. In Czech with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (BS)

Photo courtesy of Czech National Film Archive.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Jiri Trnka program on any applicable Sunday this month, and get a ticket for the second Trnka program that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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