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Film Programs
Old Czech Legends

December 1 at 2:00
East Buidling Auditorium

Trnka used Alois Jirásek’s 1894 Ancient Bohemian Legends and other literary and scientific sources such as the Cosmas Chronicles to revive essential Czech legends and folktales. Using puppetry which he crafted himself to create an origin myth for Bohemia, Trnka’s epic animation combines intricate camera moves, sets, and lighting with magical storytelling. Old Czech Legends is nothing short of operatic in its scope. (1953, subtitles, 91 minutes)

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