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Cisaruv slavik

73 minutes, 35 mm, colour, 1948
Combined
Audience: family
Commentary: none

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

One of Trnka's full-length pictures, it is based upon Hans Christian Andersen's fairy-tale. It is a story of a Chinese emperor that, because of a beautiful toy-nightingale, forgets about the song of a real, live nightingale that comforted him in his solitude. Trnka unconditionally backs the live art's side. The picture has strong ethical components, and it has been admired by many. It is also famous for the extraordinary music composed by Vaclav Trojan.

Awards: Melies's Prize - Paris 1950, The prize of the French film critics - Edinburgh 1951, First prize - Locarno 1955

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