Stop-motion: Ji?í Trnka – A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A true ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream highlights the exceptional choreographic value of the work.

Ji?í Trnka shares with Norman McLaren the rare gift of being the source of a national school. Indeed, few animation filmmakers have been able to produce a progressive filmography that was both vigorous and coherent, generating the arrival of disciples and the emergence of critics.

In Prague, immediately after the war, a veritable school of puppet animation was taking shape under the driving force of Trnka, within the studio that now bears his name. Its inspiration came from traditional puppet theatre, as Trnka had learnt from one of the last members of this activity, Josef Škupa, to whom he partly owed his finely crafted wooden dolls and extremely creative sets. Also thanks to the delicate hand of B?etislav Pojar, his collaborator from The Czech Year (1947), Trnka's work became the standard that other puppet films had to live up to.

To honour him, we have chosen to show his feature film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) that does justice to the exceptional choreographic value of his work, since this film is an amazing ballet that testifies to the Czech animators' great mastery.

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Sen noci svatojánské

    Directed by: Jirí TRNKA

    Country: Czech Republic

    Year of production: 1959

    Running time: 01 h 16 min

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: puppets

    Process: Colour

    Target public: Adults

  • Credits

    Directed by: Jirí TRNKA

    Based on: William Shakespeare

    Script: Jirí Trnka, Jiri Brdecka

    Graphics: Jirí Trnka

    Animation: Bohuslav Sramek Stanislav Latal, Bretislav Pojar, Jan Karpas, Vlasta Juradova, Jan Adam

    Camera: Jirí Vojta

    Music: Vaclav Trojan

    Editing: Hana Washalova

    Voice: Jirí Brdecka