Are you a lover of foreign films? Then you must check out Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art!

This Saturday May 26 Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art presents The Puppet Master: The Films of Jiří Trnka with a 5 p.m. showing of Old Czech Legends (Czechoslovakia, 1952).

Seven historic Czech legends involving slaves, a wild boar, a women’s revolt, and lust for gold are brought to stunning stop-motion life in this rousing folkloric spectacle that features a veritable “cast of thousands” (all figurines).

The climactic battle against attacking wolves and birds is worthy of Kurosawa! “Old Czech Legends was for Trnka what The Nibelungen was for Fritz Lang: an epic full of noble deeds.” –Dictionary of Films.

This 91-minute film is a Cleveland revival premiere, with subtitles. Preceded at 5:00 by Trnka’s 8-minute The Animals and the Brigands (Zviřátka a petrovští, 1946, subtitles).

Special admission for this presentation is $11. Members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders and those 25 and under are only $8.

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