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Tinker with Trnka on DVD

Six films from Czech puppet master, Jiri Trnka, will be available on a newcompilation DVD available February 29, 2000. Included on the release willbe the feature-length classic THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE based on the HansChristian Anderson fairy tale and narrated by legendary-Hollywood actorBoris Karloff. The five featured shorts will include Trnka's world famousTHE HAND, along with STORY OF THE BASS CELLO, A MERRY CIRCUS, A DROP TOOMUCH, and THE SONG OF THE PRAIRIE. Not to sound too much like a late-nightinfo-mercial host, but that's not all you get on this collection. Thecompilation will also include a 12-minute documentary entitled JIRI TRNKA:PUPPET ANIMATION MASTER. The sale price will be US$29.98. Don't miss out onthe work of the man who Newsday heralded as "second to Chaplin as a filmartist because his work inaugurated a new stage in a medium long dominatedby Disney."

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