A bizarre, even absurd puppet film full of black humor that will completely shock you while making you laugh. It presents a day on a gray Moscow street during which life and death are ... See full summary »

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Anne Day-Jones ...
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A bizarre, even absurd puppet film full of black humor that will completely shock you while making you laugh. It presents a day on a gray Moscow street during which life and death are treated rather cavalierly passersby watch with their own personal interest while an old man hangs onto the edge of a roof. In the meantime, the mishap of several old hags and an unfortunate tomcat create a situation typical for the Russian imagination and literature of the between-war period, the difficult time in which it was written. Written by CeskáTelevize

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15 January 1999 (Canada)  »

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The Impeding
27 October 2002 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

If you have been following Czech animation, you'll be excited by this. The promising flash of Wallace and Gromit has passed into bland commercialism, and the torch now passes to Klimt. His earlier 'Bell' was still overly preachy. But this is something else. This is art, the use of the method to create a world and out of that world a disturbing cosmology emerges. This is different from Svankmejer who starts with a moral and then illustrates it. Instead, we have the entry into the world that reveals its dynamics.

These dynamics are truly hypnotizing, and allow us to see and laugh at the still strong Soviet mentality. This is very rich writing, apparently simple and effortless. Worth watching as a film and as a promising trend for the art.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 4: Worth watching.


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