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

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Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Svankmajer
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Ivan Kraus Ivan Kraus ... Man
Juraj Herz ... Visitor
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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

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Czechoslovakia

Language:

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Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

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The Flat See more »

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Krátký Film Praha See more »
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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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imagine Sartre taken a step further
28 August 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of Czech director Jan Svankmajer's many surreal shorts, an unidentified man is trapped in a room where nothing seems to act normally. Whether it's silverware that won't pick up food, walls that won't support him, or anything else, this is an existentially delicious hell. What's the point of making movies like this, we may ask. Well, what's the point of anything? I guess that if nothing else, Svankmajer was just exercising his creativity and imagination. I would suspect that in the Eastern Bloc, he probably didn't have a lot of fancy technology to work with, but he had talent, and that's what counts. "Byt" (how's that word pronounced?) certainly shows that. I recommend it. Czech it out.


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