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  • 8 Heads of Madness
  • 8 Heads of Madness

    The furious verse of Soviet dissident Anna Barkova finds its visual equivalent in the hyperactive visuals of Czech writer-director Marta Nováková, whose biopic divides the poet's life into eight chapters and offers such flights of fancy as a mock-silent-film vignette, an imagined phone call from Joseph Stalin, and candy-colored scenes combining animation and live action. more...
  • The Emperor's Nightingale
  • The Emperor's Nightingale

    Czech animator Jiri Trnka won a subsidy from the communist government for this feature-length fantasy, adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen tale, and the production funds are evident onscreen in the fine fabrics Trnka uses to create an ancient Chinese court. more...
  • Ethel & Ernest
  • Ethel & Ernest

    Adapted from a graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, this innocuous but charming UK animation tells the story of the author's working-class parents from their first meeting in 1928 (when Ethel was a lady's maid and Ernest a flirtatious milkman) to their deaths in 1971. more...