A eight-part animatied portrait of various species, accompanied by a different style of music - the various parts are: Aquatilia (foxtrot), Hexapoda (bolero), Pisces (blues), Reptilia (... See full summary »
A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where. Written by
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Czech stop-motion animator Jan vankmajer has made a career out of bizarre short films, usually featuring inanimate objects - stones, pendulums, mannequins - as the stars. "Tma, světlo, tma" ("Darkness, Light, Darkness" in English) features clay body parts that assemble themselves into the shape of a person.
One can easily see an influence on Terry Gilliam in vankmajer's shorts. I figure that in Soviet-ruled Czechoslovakia he didn't have a lot of fancy equipment to make his movies, but he obviously had the talent. "Darkness, Light, Darkness" is one that you'll probably like.
I understand that another notable Czech animation master was Jiří Trnka, known as the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe.
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