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Punch and Judy (1966)

Rakvickarna (original title)
Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nad'a Munzarová Nad'a Munzarová ... (voice)
Jirí Procházka Jirí Procházka ... (voice)
Bohuslav Srámek Bohuslav Srámek ... (voice)
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Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig.

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

18 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kasperletheater See more »

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Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Despite the film's English language title, the character of Judy does not appear. The two protagonists from the traditional Punch and Judy puppet show are Mr Punch and Joey the Clown. See more »

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This is from Svankmajer's 'crazier than #$&& phase....
29 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I like the stop-motion films of Jan Svankmajer. However, I am quick to admit that his work is NOT for everyone and can be VERY creepy. Much of this is because he is a surrealist and much of it is because, I think, he likes scaring his audience. I'd say that "Rakvickarna" is definitely from one of his creepier periods in film making.

There are three characters in this film--a live guinea pig, a Punch puppet and a Harlequin puppet. During most of the film, the Punch and Harlequin puppets fight (much like from a Punch and Judy show)--but the fighting gets much more morbid. At several points, the puppets act very lethally and dry to entomb the other puppet--all during which the guinea pig just keeps eating. In addition, seemingly random old-time pictures are rapidly projected. The look of everything is as if some 19th century objects were left in an attic to rot and this is the sort of stuff they do for fun. It's totally bizarre but well done--with puppetry mixed with stop-motion mixed with a real life animal. Odd.


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