In Prague, a professorial puppet, with metal pincers for hands and an open book for a hat, takes a boy as a pupil. First, the professor empties fluff and toys from the child's head, leaving... See full summary »
A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »
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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 »
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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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What a cool and weird mind thinks up a short like this! This is basically Jan Svankmajer working out what it means to get connected to (or rather reconnected to) the parts of your body as a man. This means setting up the eyes right, hooking together the hands and fingers and legs and toes, the tongue (such an ugly thing), the brain, the genitals (the water bucket thrown on them off camera is a big laugh), and finally all of the other parts. Darkness Light Darkness is the kind of title that reminds one of the pretentious title of an art piece in Ghost World (Mirror, Father, Mirror), but luckily that's not the case here. It's like Gumby with an extra spike of danger to it, of surprise, and there's not a whole lot that's exactly 'cute' about it. There's probably a 'message' to it somewhere, like the meaning of a human being being 'complete', and how anatomy's quirks are taken for granted. But aside from the message, it's just mind-blowing artistry, with a fascination with gyrating green matter and doors. I loved it.
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