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Les temps morts (1965)

What is man ? Man makes war, man kills man, man hunts, man is executed. A montage mixing original drawings by Topor, original shots and stock shots that ironically analyze what man is.

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In this small blue planet called Earth, its weird inhabitants live and die for one principal reason: to kill. As a result, behind humanity's repugnant hypocrisy, death, destruction, wickedness, fatal societal contradictions and moral absurdity are hidden in plain sight; man seems to be inextricably linked with violence, trapped in a vicious cycle of blood and war. And in between, the amorphous boundless void of dead time. Written by Nick Riganas

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mankind's brutality, real deaths and surrealism, or something like that
15 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

A very strange film! Begins with a shot of a planet, followed by footage of Asian children playing in the streets with guns, and then footage of war. Then it switches to illustrations, black and white pen & ink drawings the camera moves over, people in various states of undress and dismemberment. Much of it is not animated, but some animation follows. Not entirely surreal, but somewhat. For example, a man rides a dead horse, the horse's front and hind legs being carried by two other men, following a man with a castle for hair. Back to actual footage, snorkelers fishing, riflery, bullfighting. More painterly style illustrations follow, men and women in the act of stabbing and shooting. More primitive animations, a woman in lingerie inhabiting a house made out of suitcases that each jail men's decapitated heads. Photographs of people being guillotined, hung, beheaded, electrocuted.

There's a French narrator, I wish I knew what he was saying!


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