Trnka’s Sixties Masterworks

Film - Feature | December 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

By the 1960s, at the height of his powers, Trnka turned his attention away from fables and fairy tales and toward more pointed allegories and satires. Playfully probing works like Passion and Cybernetic Grandma (a surrealist look at a space-age future) are arguably the short-form, animated precursors to the Czech New Wave features that would follow a few years later. But Trnka’s 1965 masterwork The Hand stands on its own, a devastatingly bleak (and hilarious) look at an artist always shadowed and controlled by the hand of power, one that never lets go. It was to be his last film.

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