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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)

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The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »

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Jirí Trnka
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joss Ackland ... Quince (voice)
Ann Bell ... Hermia (voice)
Richard Burton ... Narrator
Tom Criddle Tom Criddle ... Lysander (voice)
Jean Desailly ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Laura Graham Laura Graham ... Hippolyta (voice)
Jack Gwillim ... Oberon (voice)
Barbara Jefford ... Titania (voice)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Helena (voice)
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Theseus (voice)
Alec McCowen ... Bottom (voice)
Michael Meacham Michael Meacham ... Demetrius (voice)
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... Flute (voice)
Rudolf Pellar ... Narrator (original Czech version) (as R. Pellar)
Roger Shepherd Roger Shepherd ... Puck (voice)
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The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common popular world of tradesmen amateur theatre and a fairy-tale happiness of magic creatures as elves and nymphs. The film is considered the most remarkable Jirí Trnka's work and a milestone in the history of the world animation. Written by KrátkýFilm

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

25 September 1959 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Midsummer Night's Dream See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Version of Estudio 1: El sueño de una noche de verano (1971) See more »

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Dream a little harder...
10 December 2005 | by professor-xSee all my reviews

Jiri Trnka - master Czech animator, illustrator, and sculptor. I sing his praises constantly, but this time I wasn't quite as enamored by the animation. While "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is definitely worth seeing, (so colorful) I feel that much less of the camera work and animation was done by Trnka himself.

Animating a human puppet convincingly was always something that Trnka managed to do, but the animation within "A Midsummer Night's Dream" feels a little rough around the edges when compared to the previous work within "Old Czech Legends" (which is still my favorite piece, simply due to the quality of the work, and the odd content).

So in short, don't pass this one up, but you might be slightly disappointed if you're an uber animation nerd. I have only see this work without English captions/voices.


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