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76 minutes, 35 mm, colour, 1959
Puppet animation
Audience: adults
Commentary: off screen

Producer: KF a.s. - Jiri Trnka Studio
Director: Jiri Trnka
Designer: Jiri Trnka


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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 Trnka's work and a milestone in the history of the world animation.

Awards: The highest prize of the technical committee - Cannes 1959, Honourable medal - Venice 1959, First prize for the best film - Bucharest 1960, Second prize - Montevideo 1960, First prize - "Golden Mercury" - for music - Valencia 1962

All films directed by Jiri Trnka:
About the Golden Fish Ancient Czech Myths The Animals and the People of Petrov Archangel Gabriel and Ms Goose Bajaja The Cybernetic Grandmother The Devil's Mill The Emperor's Nightingale From Hatvan to Galicia From Hatvan to Halic From Putim to Putim The Gift Grandpa Planted a Beet The Hand The "Hurvinek" Circus The Jolly Circus The Midsummer Night's Dream The Novel With the Double-bass Passion Prairie Aria Schweik's Misfortunes on the Train The Spring-Man and the SS Svejk Trouble in a Train Svejk's Budejovice Anabasis A Treasury of Fairy-tales Two Little Frosts

All films designed by Jiri Trnka:
About the Golden Fish Ancient Czech Myths The Animals and the People of Petrov Archangel Gabriel and Ms Goose Bajaja The Beatitude of Love The Cybernetic Grandmother The Devil's Mill The Emperor's Nightingale From Hatvan to Galicia From Putim to Putim The Gift The Ginger-bread House Grandpa Planted a Beet The Hand The "Hurvinek" Circus The Jolly Circus The Midnight Adventure The Midsummer Night's Dream The Novel With the Double-bass One Glass Too Many Passion Prairie Aria Schweik's Misfortunes on the Train The Spring-Man and the SS A Treasury of Fairy-tales Two Little Frosts Umbrella