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A Jester’s Tale

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In Brief: It's not often that films from the Checkoslovak New Wave are screened, and that's a genuine shame because they represent some of the most original filmmaking coming out of Europe in the '60s. Karel Zeman's antiwar satire A Jester's Tale (1964) is no exception — its blend of live action and animation is unlike anything else that was being produced at the time, even if its message was very decidedly of its era (not to mention applicable to modern circumstances). Set during the Thirty Years' War, Zeman's tongue is firmly in cheek as he examines the myths of martial nobility and the disingenuous men that propagate them. The director's work, both in tone and technical execution, would be heavily influential on Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations — and despite the relative paucity of awareness most audiences have of Zeman, you've undoubtedly seen a number of contemporary films that owe him a debt of influence.
Score:

Genre: Satire
Director: Karel Zeman
Starring: Petr Kostka, Emília Vásáryová, Miroslav Holub
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present A Jester’s Tale on Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannannoa.

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