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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
"Sen noci svatojánské" (original title)

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Lysander (voice)
Jean Desailly ...
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Laura Graham ...
Hippolyta (voice)
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Titania (voice)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
Helena (voice)
Hugh Manning ...
Theseus (voice)
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Bottom (voice)
Michael Meacham ...
Demetrius (voice)
Stephen Moore ...
Flute (voice)
Rudolf Pellar ...
Narrator (original Czech version) (as R. Pellar)
Roger Shepherd ...
Puck (voice)
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A Stop-Motion Masterpiece
6 April 2000 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

In my opinion Czech puppet animator JIRI TRNKA outdid himself when he created this version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream".This film's aesthetic beauty is only superceded by it's technical excellence for clearly TRNKA had moved away from his earlier techniques and developed a new one.

In his film "The Emperor's Nightingale" the puppets were silent, as actors were silent in the days before talkies. But in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" the puppet's were silent in the way that actors in mime, or ballet dancers are silent.

There was also a basic difference in expression: In the first film the movement was symbolic,in the second, the action was expressed through the language of mime.

All in all... a triumph of stop-motion cinema.

Steve Weber The Laughing Egg Studio


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