A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Thur Oct 4
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(image courtesy of Czech National Film Archive)
Jiří Trnka

A bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale, a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty that plays out amidst a garlanded, pastel dreamscape. (Narrated in English.)

Screening with Trnka’s short film Why UNESCO? (1958, 10 mins, in Czech with English subtitles) Why UNESCO? was commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (which considered Disney for the assignment before settling on Trnka). This cartoon short employs strikingly simple animation to make the case that all of humanity is enriched when we tear down the walls that separate us.

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.

website: comebackcompany.com

35mm color
1 hour 12 minutes
release year/country
1959 Czechoslovakia