THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE
1948, JIRI TRNKA AND MILOS MAKOVEC, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 72 MIN.
sunday, june 10th at 3:45pm
wednesday, june 13th at 6:00pm
One of Trinka's sublime achievements, this adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story is a poignant and exquisitely animated tale in which the toys, dolls, and Chinese curios in a lonely child's bedroom come to life in his dream. Puppet animation portrays the lavish world of an ancient Chinese court, where the song of a nightingale charms the emperor with its pure song, until he comes under the spell of the simulated bird calls of a music box. Trnka lavishes an extravagant scope of invention on scores of characters of the court, from high to low, robed in a riot of rich velvets, brocades, lace, and filigree, and sets in motion awe-inspiringly cunning mechanical devices and creatures for an eye-filling hallucinatory experience not to be missed. No dialogue. 35mm. (BS)