The Emperor’s Nightingale

  • Sun Sept 30
    $5.50 all
The Emperor’s Nightingale
(image courtesy of Czech National Film Archive)
Jiří Trnka

Trnka’s adaptation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale—about a Chinese emperor ensorcelled by the song of a mechanical nightingale—is an enchanting animated jewel box awash in hallucinatory, storybook imagery. Screening with The Devil’s Mill (1949, 20 mins). A barrel organ grinder meets the devil on a mysterious moonlit night in this haunted house fable, which showcases Trnka’s atmospheric use of sound to conjure a macabre mood. Neither film has dialogue. Recommended for ages 6+.

Cosponsored with the Cornell Institute for European Studies.
The touring retrospective THE PUPPET MASTER: THE FILMS OF JIŘÍ TRNKA is produced by Comeback Company, originated at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Curated by Irena Kovarova. Films provided by the Czech National Film Archive.


DCP color
1 hour 12 minutes
release year/country
1948 Czechoslovakia