Jiri Trnka's puppets
Inauguration of an exhibit entitled This Little World covering Jiri Trnka's work, in the Louvre Palace, where we see Jiri Trnka presenting one of his puppets. Followed by a report in the Prague Studios where we see Jiri Trnka and his team working on the different steps in the creation of an animated film, the drawing of each puppet's model during their production and the shooting of scenes, shot by shot.
Even though Jiri Trnka (1912-1969), trained at the Prague School of Arts and Crafts, and rightly seen as the all-time greatest creator of puppet films, the Czech artist was also a renowned painter, a successful illustrator and an experienced stage set creator. He made his first films in 1945, when he first became interested in animation (Grandfather Plants a Beet), but his passion for theatre animation naturally led him to shoot wooden actors, which he had managed a troupe of prior to the war.
Feature length films then follow, with productions covering working-class traditions and national heroes, with The Czech Year (1947), Prince Bayaya (1950), Old Czech Legends (1952) and ?vejk the Brave Soldier (1955). Trnka's greatest success nevertheless remains Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was presented in Cannes in 1959, which made him the icon of "Eastern country" animators.
Afterwards, the filmmaker stopped making feature length films in favour of short fables in tune with current times, such as The Cybernetic Grandma in 1962 and The Hand in 1965.