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Directed by Jiří Trnka

Czechoslovakia 1954 20 mins. In Czech

Adapted from the scathingly funny, hugely influential anti-war classic by anarchist writer Jaroslav Hašek, this satirical farce charts the exploits of the eponymous World War I infantryman, whose antic misadventures continually frustrate his commanding officers—and reveal the absurdity of the entire conflict. Basing his designs on the novel’s original celebrated illustrations by Josef Lada, Trnka mixes his trademark puppetry with striking cutout animation sequences to accompany the droll, rambling tales that Švejk spins. The result is a subversive anti-authoritarian statement that captures the novel’s biting wit and irreverent spirit.

Genres: Animation



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