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11 Nov 2009 00:00 - 00:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 16th Bradford Animation Festival

Four years in the making, Jiri Trnka’s delightful and faithful stop-motion puppet adaptation of Shakespeare’s play won a Distinction from the Jury at Cannes. The texture, detail and wit of its character and production designs are a wondrous response to the emotions and imagery evoked by Shakespeare’s language.

Director: Jiri Trnka, Czech Republic
Cast: With the voices of Richard Burton, Joss Ackland, Alec McOwen, Barbara Jefford

This film is screening with the talk Animated Shakespeare.


Trnka, dubbed ‘the Walt Disney of the East’, never lip-synched his wooden puppets with dialogue, preferring music to the spoken word. The original version used only sparse Czech narration by actor Rudolf Pellar, foregrounding composer Vaclav Trojan’s classical themes, which match the action’s changes of mood and tempo, blending full orchestra, solo harpsichord and other instruments, boy choristers and solo voices. The score and the fluidly graceful stop-motion sometimes give the film the quality of a Dream-ballet. The English soundtrack, added for UK cinema release in 1961, features Richard Burton as Narrator and snatches of Shakespearean dialogue delivered by top English actors, including Joss Ackland (Quince), Barbara Jefford (Titania) and Alec McCowen (Bottom).


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30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


11 Nov 2009 00:00 - 00:00


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