A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sen noci svatojánské)
September 30, 1 pm
Richard Burton narrates this bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale in which the love lives of mortals and forest sprites mingle during one magical moonlit evening. For his final feature, Trnka deploys the full force of his imagination and technical wizardry to evoke the story’s enchanted-woodlands setting, a garlanded, pastel dreamscape awash in starry-night atmosphere, colorful festoons of flowers, and exquisitely wrought fantasy creatures. The graceful puppetry and score by Vaclav Trojan yield a masterpiece of balletic beauty. 1959, Czechoslovakia, 35mm, English version, 72 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Why UNESCO? (Proč UNESCO?)
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. 1958, Czechoslovakia, 35mm, in Czech with English subtitles, 10 minutes.