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 »
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 »
In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... 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 happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant.... See full summary »
In one of two adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories - the other was an adaptation of "The Fall of the House of Usher" - Jan Svankmajer puts his own spin on things. This adaptation of "The Pit and the Pendulum" is nothing like the campy Vincent Price version. "Kyvadlo, jama a nadeje" has a really horrific feel. Aside from the fact that we see the pendulum from the protagonist's POV, we also see the gears running it; sort of like seeing the man behind the curtain in that respect. But even after the pendulum, there's still more for him to experience.
I agree with a previous reviewer who compared this movie to "2001: A Space Odyssey", how it looks at technology taking over (in that respect, we could also add "A Clockwork Orange"). Definitely worth seeing.
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