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The Emperor's Nightingale (1949)

Cisaruv slavík (original title)
A Chinese emperor prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the Emperor is near death, a nightingale's song restores his health and teaches... See full summary »

Writers:

Vítezslav Nezval (collaborator on screenplay), Hans Christian Andersen (story "Nightingale") | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Helena Patockova Helena Patockova ... The Girl
Jaromir Sobotoa Jaromir Sobotoa ... The Boy
Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna Detsky pevecky sbor Jana Kuhna ... Chorus
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Boris Karloff ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
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A Chinese emperor prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the Emperor is near death, a nightingale's song restores his health and teaches him to revolt against his glittering but shallow world. Written by .

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

15 April 1949 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nice to look at for a few minutes but I found it dull
27 April 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

(Review is of the Karloff narrated US release) A stop motion puppet tale narrated by Boris Karloff.

The story is framed by the story of a boy who is restricted by rules and can't leave his home or the grounds of his house.

As he falls asleep he dreams the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Its nicely animated in the puppet style that George Pal made a fortune on as Puppet tunes and of the fairy tales that Ray Harryhausen did early in his career. There is a tradition of sorts in Eastern Europe, but frankly its not my style since its so intensive most of the image tends to be static, and often there are simply static shots with narration over it.

It was nice but it bored me and I zipped through most of it on scan.

Don't get me wrong if you want to see a well done version of a fairy tale see this but it can be slow. I can't imagine this longer, which apparently it is, the print I watched being ten to fifteen minutes shorter then the full version.

MY question is which came first this or the Warner Brothers singing Michigan J Frog? Its something to see but not seek out.


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