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Sat, Nov 17

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Jiří Trnka

In this bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale, the love lives of mortals and forest sprites mingle during one

Passion (aka Obsession)

Directed by Jiří Trnka

A boy’s need for speed causes problems throughout his life in this triumph of modernist design, which blends puppet, stop

Why UNESCO?

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (which considered Disney for the assignment before settling on Trnka),

Cybernetic Grandma

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trnka took a turn into Space Age sci-fi surrealism with this dark, dystopian satire on automatization in which a child

The Animals and the Brigands

Directed by Jiří Trnka

A rooster, a cat, and a goat meet a trio of ignoble characters deep in a night-shrouded forest in this

Archangel Gabriel and Mistress Goose

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s Decameron, this irreverent, medieval-set lampoon of religious hypocrisy mixes Christian iconography with bawdy black

Springman and the SS

Directed by Jiří Trnka, Jiří Brdečka

Trnka combines 2D and collage animation to striking effect in this zanily offbeat, anti-Nazi lampoon, which crosses Max Fleischer-like absurdism

The Hand

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trnka’s last work is a powerful, deeply personal allegory about the plight of the artist toiling under the restrictions of

The Gift

Directed by Jiří Trnka, Jiří Krejčík

Trnka reached new heights of modernist abstraction with this innovative, surrealist mini-masterwork, which critic Jean-Pierre Coursodon likened to the Citizen

Romance with Double Bass

Directed by Jiří Trnka

This dreamily beautiful puppet work adapts a short story by Chekhov into a magical, moonlit reverie about a musician, a