Cinema: Well Met by Moonlight

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Show-corporation). Presenting Shakespeare with puppets is like playing Beethoven on a kazoo: it sounds awful, but if you can get used to the idea it can be fun. Indeed, when the trick is brought off as brilliantly as it is here, even the Shakespurists may indulge in a delighted suspension of disbelief. Dream was produced in Czechoslovakia by a 49-year-old gimcrack genius named Jiri Trnka (pronounced Trnka). the Walt Disney of the Communist bloc; it is incomparably the best puppet picture ever made, a shimmering translation of poetic fancy...

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