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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

A Star from the Start: Early Jiří Trnka Shorts

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trnka’s early shorts work quickly established him as a master filmmaker. This program includes The Animals and the Brigands (1946),

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

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

Grandpa Planted a Beet

Directed by Jiří Trnka

A farmer finds himself with an unusually fertile bumper crop on his hands in Trnka’s first film, a charming hand-drawn

Mature Mastery: Late Jiří Trnka Shorts

Directed by Jiří Trnka

This program of late-career Trnka works includes The Good Soldier Švejk Part 3 (1954), Passion (1962), Cybernetic Grandma (1962), and

Merry Circus

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trnka brings to life a surrealist circus of tightrope-walking fish, musical monkeys, balancing bears, and high-flying acrobatics in this whimsical

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

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

Song of the Prairie

Directed by Jiří Trnka

One of Trnka’s most delightfully silly efforts is a slapstick spoof of John Ford’s Stagecoach and Hollywood singing cowboy Westerns

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 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

The Czech Year

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trnka established his reputation as a world-renowned master of puppet animation with his Venice prize-winning first feature, a kinetic visual

The Devil’s Mill

Directed by Jiří Trnka

A barrel organ grinder meets the devil on a mysterious moonlit night in this haunted house fable, which showcases Trnka’s

The Emperor’s Nightingale

Directed by Jiří Trnka, Miloš Makovec

Trnka’s adaptation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is an enchanting animated jewel box. Framed by live action

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

The Good Soldier Švejk, Part Three

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Adapted from the scathingly funny, hugely influential anti-war classic by anarchist writer Jaroslav Hašek, this satirical farce charts the exploits

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 Two Frosts

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Two mischievous frost spirits—voiced by famed comedian Vlasta Burian and author, popular actor, and satirist Jan Werich—make things chilly for

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),