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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ...
Marquis
Pavel Liska ...
Jean Berlot
Anna Geislerová ...
Charlota
Martin Huba ...
Dr. Coulmiere
Jaroslav Dusek ...
Dr. Murlloppe
Pavel Nový ...
Stano Danciak ...
Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ...
Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková ...
Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová ...
Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová ...
Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar ...
Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil ...
Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber ...
Dream warden
Ctirad Götz ...
Ostler
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A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum - absolute freedom versus control and punishment - within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis's estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He's willing to enter a sanatorium because he believes he can rescue a young woman from there who has told him that the real director and staff of the clinic are locked in the basement. Jean conspires with her to set them free: the horrors have only begun. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Horror

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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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$3,245 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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$47,957 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Version of Operené stíny (1931) See more »

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the Gothic and the grotesque
29 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jan Svankmajer is one director to imaginatively combine real life images with the inventive use of stop motion animation that produces grotesque and nightmarish images that unnerve the viewer. LUNACY is further proof of this and its influence of Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis De Sade is perfect for the vision of Svankmajer. Its story concerns an innocent young man, travelling home from his mothers funeral who spends some time with a wealthy man, known only as the Marquis (possibly the Marquis De Sade). The young man bears witness to the Marquis' debauched and blasphemous rituals and after some philosophical discussion over the rights and wrongs of man and religion, the young man under the request of the Marquis goes undercover into an insane asylum and falls under the spell of a women who insists that he helps her release the actual warders and doctors who are locked away, as the inmates are running the asylum. The film is a bizarre yet brilliant look at a world gone insane, where fear, punishment and madness is ruling and no one is in charge and whoever is in charge is corrupted by there own absolute power and twisted morality. The stop motion animation interludes add to the grotesque and surreal nature of the film and even offers it to comparisons with the body horror films of David Cronenberg. Overall its an art house horror that provides the viewer an uneasy yet unforgettable journey into insanity.


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