Staré povesti ceské (Old Czech Legends) 1953 Ages 15+

2.45PM Sat 15 Sep 2018 (1hr 31mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

'Trnka’s magical puppet work brings a treasure trove of Bohemian myths to life in this folkloric hymn to the Czech land, history, and people, now newly restored by the Czech National Film Archive. Based on a tome by the “Czech Sir Walter Scott” Alois Jirásek and on the famed medieval chronicle written by Cosmas of Prague, it illustrates seven fabled historical episodes, including the settling of an Edenic ancient Bohemia, the tale of an all-female revolt led by a cast-out princess, and the legend of a weak-willed king whose passion for gold nearly destroys his kingdom. It all culminates in a breathtaking climactic battle sequence — a tour de force of editing, music, and stop-motion (employing more than seventy figurines) that plays like puppet Kurosawa.' – Film Society of Lincoln Center

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 90 MINUTES, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, CZECH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: JIRÍ TRNKA / SCRIPT: JIRÍ BREDECKA, JIRÍ TRNKA, MILOS VÁCLAV KATOCHIVÍL, ALOIS JIRÁSEK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: EMANUEL FRANEK, LUDVÍK HÁJEK / EDITOR: HELENA LEBDUSKOVÁ / CAST: KAREL HÖGER, RÙZENA NASKOVÁM, VÁCLAV VYDRA / MUSIC: VÁCLAV TROJAN / PRODUCTION COMPANY: CESKOSLOVENSKÝ STÁTNÍ FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVE PRAGUE / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP