7.7/10
1,468
14 user 4 critic
A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Do pivnice (1983)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An eight-part portrait of animal species in the different biological classes, accompanied by a different style of music. Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Hra s kameny (1967)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Jabberwocky (1971)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Et Cetera (1967)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Jan Zácek
Food (1993)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Nad'a Munzarová, Jirí Procházka, Bohuslav Srámek
Manly Games (1988)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Miroslav Kuchar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Ivan Kraus Ivan Kraus ... Man
Juraj Herz ... Visitor
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Krátký Film Praha See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sad Man
11 May 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

There's something about art and artists. Sometimes the effect of the art isn't a conversation between the viewer and the artist, instead between the artist and the viewer. And often neither party knows it.

Its particularly apparent when the artist is damaged in some way and he or she create art that conveys that damage. This is common, I think because when there is a human trying to reach us, we allow an inadequate vehicle. I think the effect is so common and so well understood that weak artists, artists who cannot create powerful work, feign this dynamic.

Here we have an odd little student film, almost a student film. It conveys a world that doesn't work -- not comically but frustratingly as if it were deliberately teasing us. Whatever is behind this flat is evil.

Watch closely and you will see that the film is rather incompetent. But we don't notice, because as with Tim Burton we see the strange dude who made it. And we imagine what type of man he would have to be, and under what conditions he lives.

(I could have chosen a dozen filmmakers as examples and you would have equally known what I meant.) Either way, this is uninteresting.

Contrast this to "The Cube" of about the same time, the one by Jim Henson, also a puppeteer making the bridge to film-making. It is based on much the same notions. Yet Henson's little project is a marvel of competence, several competences.

What we have here instead is just a glass through which we see a sad man.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


4 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed