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 »
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 »
The titles of the records being played do not match the music. For example, the Odeon record is "Oh, Doris! Where Do You Live?" by The Collegians, New York, but the song is clearly not English. See more »
Spiel mir ein Lied auf der geige
Written by Walter Jurmann (uncredited) See more »
In one of Jan Svankmajer's many mind-blowing, deliberately weird short films, a picnic consists of a suit sunbathing, a phonograph playing records, a shovel digging holes, and a camera taking pictures. But boy is there a surprise at the end! Why portray the things that "Picknick mit Weissmann" shows, we may ask. No reason to ask questions like that. The point here is to get enthralled with what's going on. I would assume that Svankmajer probably didn't have a lot of fancy technology, living as he did in the Eastern Bloc, but he had imagination, and that's what counts.
I still wonder what were those songs that the phonograph was playing.
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