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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Svankmajer
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Ivan Kraus Ivan Kraus ... Man
Juraj Herz ... Visitor
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One of the inscriptions on the wall reads 'RULDOLPH II', reference to the sixteenth century Holy Roman Empire and King of Bohemia who was considered a passionate patron of the arts while he lived in Prague. In his service as court portraitist was Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a key source of inspiration for Svankmajer's films. See more »

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Featured in Jan Svankmajer: The Complete Short Films (2007) See more »

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In my place, in my place...
3 April 2006 | by mkw-5See all my reviews

Great movie about madness and loneliness. I have seen only one Svankmajer film before this, it was "Down in the Cellar". It had some similar elements. This is much older. It reminded me of Beckett's "Film" and Polanski's "Tenant", from which the latter is in my opinion one of the greatest movies ever made. I don't know has Polanski got some inspiration from this? Anyway, comparing is stupid because these are all totally separate artistic achievements and all are great in themselves.

This movie is really energic and full of ideas. It's bravely simple. This movie is really crazy, the guy is really hallucinating. You can't call this neurotic or paranoid anymore, this is truly psychotic. But it's funny, actually it's a comedy! I don't know where Svankmajer has got these ideas. But I know that if you would show this film in the army draft, you wouldn't have to go.


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9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

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