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Song Of The Prairie

Czechoslovakia, 1951 (MIFF 1954, New Ideas)

Director: Jiri Trnka

This puppet film is a lively and effective parody of the false romanticism and shoddy adventure stories characteristic of Hollywood's fifth-rate Westerns. Jiri Trnka is one of the leading producers of puppet films in Europe, his work including both short films, such as the Song of the Prairie and full-length productions such as The Emperor's Nightingale and The Story of the Contrabass, both produced for the Czechoslovak State Film.

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Czechoslovakia, 1955
This colourful film deals with the life of Jan Hus, reformer and preacher, who lived in Bohemia at the beginning of the 15th Century. It starts with the period when Hus preached his fiery sermons aga… More »

The Star of Bethlehem

Czechoslovakia, 1969
Hermina Tvrlova, a Czech animator ranking in fame close to Jiri Trnka, uses her favourite material, wool, to tell the Bible story of the Star of Bethlehem. ... More »


Czechoslovakia, 1962
A modern ballad of a passionate motorist. The hero of Jiri Trnka's puppet film was born with a craze for speed; this motif is recorded in six variations. ... More »

A Fable For Friendship

Czechoslovakia, 1958
There are people, and there are walls - walls of ignorance, self-interest, mistrust, and only after these walls are torn down can we begin to live as human beings. This film was the winner of an inte… More »

Cybernetic Grandmother

Czechoslovakia, 1962
Jiri Trnka's modern fairy story is an answer to the worship of technique to the exclusion of sensibility. ... More »

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