One of Trnka’s full-length pictures, it is based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale. It is a story of a Chinese emperor that, because of a beautiful toy-nightingale, forgets about the song of a real, live nightingale that comforted him in his solitude.
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L'empereur de Chine est charmé par le chant d'un rossignol qu'une petite fille vient de lui amener. Mais lorsqu'on lui offre un volatile mécanique, qui roucoule à volonté, il délaisse l'oiseau ..... Mignon tout plein !
3.5 stars. Has a quiet feverish grace which is all its own and the leading child genuinely looks quite unwell! The not-quite-aliveness of the objects is foregrounded in the pretty but morbid world of artifice. Not my favourite Trnka, but very assured.
Beautiful, but as much as I love Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, in this case the story leaves little room for creativity. Still, this type of animation will always my heart. Amazing to look at, no matter what the story itself is like.