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Lunacy (2005)

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A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

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Marquis
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Jean Berlot
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Charlota
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Dr. Coulmiere
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Dr. Murlloppe
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Stano Danciak ...
Innkeeper
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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 ...
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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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Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$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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Asylum madness from the stop motion master
8 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another slice of demented surrealism from the Czech king of stop motion, Jan Svankmajer. This one's not up there with CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE, my favourite of the director's work so far, but it contains plenty of material of interest for fans of the unique and downright bizarre.

The general emphasis of the narrative is to explore the writings of the Marquis de Sade and his ilk, by exploring the treatment of the insane who are locked up in mental institutes. This typically turns out to be a study of crazy people: the inmates have literally taken over the asylum in this case, so there's lots of bizarre behaviour, blasphemy, S&M, and plenty of the outlandish sequences that anyone exposed to the director's output will expect.

LUNACY is no favourite of mine, as it feels that the premise is a little dragged out and repetitive, particularly in the first half of the production. It certainly picks up for the second half, but the viewer must put up with some terrible overacting and a general lack of resolution in order to enjoy the film fully. I admit I found it all a little histrionic and difficult to sit through, although my favourite moments were the inserts featuring the stop motion 'living' meat, the bizarre highlight of an incredibly quirky film.


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