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The Last Trick of Mr. Schwarcewallde and Mr. Edgar (1964)

Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (original title)
Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

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Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

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Jan Svankmajer's first short film
6 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this is the first short film i have seen from Czech animator Jan Svankmajer,and it is actually is also the first film he has directed.i wasn't sure what to expect to expect,but i liked it.it's basically about two duelling magicians trying to one up each other.each trick gets more bizarre than the last.i won't give way the end.the characters are both wooden puppets,and the animation,though it may seem crude by today's standards,is actually not bad for 1964.it is certainly strange,but to me that's the appeal.it certainly won't be the last Svankmajer film i watch,as i have purchased two collections of his works.for me The Last Trick is a 6/10.


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