A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly ... See full summary »
BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: ... See full summary »
A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some ... See full summary »
A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »
In one of Jan Svankmajer's many quirky short films, several things continue happening. A human whips a dog, and slowly turns into a dog while the dog turns human; a man has all sorts of trouble drawing a house; and an animated figure has a weird experience with some wings. I can't figure out what would be the point of all these images, but it all just goes to show that Svankmajer had a really cool imagination. Most of us in the Western Bloc probably would never have envisioned something like this coming from the Eastern Bloc, but it did, and it's all really something. So definitely "Czech" it out.
I said that I can't figure out the point. Maybe we shouldn't try to figure those sorts of things out. We should just watch and get enthralled.
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