Film - Animated | December 9 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shakespeares romantic fantasia meets its imaginative match in Trnkas bejeweled stop-motion adaptation. Here, the filmmaker trades in his traditional wood sculptures to work with a smooth, pale plastic material that adds just the right level of otherworldly, delicate beauty. With figurines so refined they seem carved out of dreams (his Titania and Puck are especially wondrous), and several moments where Trnka pauses the story to simply revel in his imagery (such as when the camera lingers on Titanias dress of forest creatures), A Midsummer Nights Dream showcases both the director and the genre of animation at their highest peak.
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