A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a ... See full summary »
When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »
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 »
Jan Svankmajer is the most unusual stop-motion filmmaker whose work I have seen. Instead of the typical models which are brought to life using this method, Svankmajer takes everyday objects or creepy stuff he's found, perhaps, in antique shops to create films that are truly unique.
In "Meat Love", he's outdone himself in the weirdness department, as his 'puppets' that he animates are pieces of meat! Yes, meat. The film begins with an invisible hand cutting off two slices of meat from a roast. Then, the two pieces begin moving about like people and begin making love to each other!! Seriously strange but also rather funny. My only criticism might be due mostly to when the film was made, as you can clearly see what looks like fishing line holding the meat--nowadays you could just erase that using a computer. Weird and very, very short.
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