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Manly Games (1988)

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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 »

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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 the spectator's flat... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Insane...like most Svankmajer films!
6 April 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jan Svankmajer's stop-motion films are ultra-bizarre and often creepy. Some of them are also pretty funny--and "The Male Game" is also a tad creepy.

The film stars the same actor in every role. He plays a guy at home watching a soccer game, the players on the field AND the referee. However, this game ain't normal in any sense! The players often are giant cutouts that move about using stop-motion. And, in closeups, they are clay. Why the closeups? Because the game features a unique way to score--by ripping the opponents' faces apart! Scissors, a child's train, bottles--anything goes as the clay faces are torn to pieces! It's all very surreal as well as a wonderful commentary about the brutality of the sport and the fans. Weird but very enjoyable and the stop-motion was done quite well--as you'd expect from Svankmajer. Not his best, but quite good.


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