A Jester's Tale

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A Jester's Tale
Blaznova kronika 1964 poster.jpg
Original poster
Directed byKarel Zeman
Produced byJosef Ouzký
Written by
Music byJan Novák
CinematographyVáclav Huňka
Edited byMiroslav Hájek
Release date
  • 18 December 1964 (1964-12-18)
Running time
81 minutes

Bláznova kronika (literally A Jester's Tale) is a 1964 Czech film directed by Karel Zeman. Described by Zeman as a "pseudo-historical" film, it is an anti-war black comedy set during the Thirty Years' War. The film combines live action with animation to suggest the artistic style of the engraver Matthäus Merian.[1]

The film was a notable success at the 1964 San Francisco International Film Festival, winning Best Picture and Best Director. It was also voted Best Film at the 1964 Addis Ababa IFF in Ethiopia, and was honored in three categories at Cannes.[2]


  1. ^ Polt, Harriet (Spring 1964). "The Czechoslovak Animated Film". Film Quarterly. 17 (3): 38. doi:10.1525/fq.1964.17.3.04a00120. JSTOR 1210908.
  2. ^ "The Jester's Tale – Distribution Sheet" (PDF). National Film Archive in Prague (in Czech). Národní filmový archiv v Praze. nfa.cz. Retrieved 5 February 2012.

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