Sen noci svatojánské (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) 1959 Ages 12+

3.00PM Sat 29 Sep 2018 (1hr 16mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

'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. In his final feature — also the first CinemaScope film made in Czechoslovakia — 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, colourful festoons of flowers, and exquisitely wrought fantasy creatures. The graceful puppetry combined with the Václav Trojan score and voiceover work by Burton and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company yields a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty.' – Film Society of Lincoln Center

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, 4-TRACK STEREO, 76 MINUTES, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JIRÍ TRNKA / SCRIPT: JIRÍ BRDECKA, JOSEH KAINAR, HOWARD SACKLER, JIRÍ TRNKA / BASED ON THE PLAY BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JIRÍ VOJTA / EDITOR: HANNA VALACHOVA / CAST: JOSS ACKLAND, ANN BELL, RICHARD BURTON, BARBARA JEFFORD / MUSIC: VÁCLAV TROJAN / PRODUCTION COMPANY: STUDIO KRESLENÉHOV A LOUTKOVÉHO FILMU / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE PRAGUE / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP