OLD CZECH LEGENDS
STARÉ POVĔSTI ČESKÉ
1952, 91 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka

A treasure trove of Bohemian myths is brought to life by Trnka’s magical puppet work in this folkloric hymn to the Czech land, history and people, which features a breathtaking climactic battle sequence worthy of Kurosawa.


BAYAYA
BAJAJA
1950, 75 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka

A young peasant embarks on a quest to free his mother’s soul from purgatory and save three princesses from a host of hydra-headed dragons in this alternately lyrical and rousing medieval-set adventure based on Czech fairy tales.


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