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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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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Kafka's worst nightmare..
10 November 2006 | by nikhil7179See all my reviews

.. and Beckett's and Sartre's too.

One of the most wildly inventive short films ever made comes from Czech master surrealist Jan Svankmajer.

Employing stop-motion, live-action and a bottomless pit of absurd genius, The Flat is a film that keeps on giving. Just when you think it can't get any better (or worse if you're the protagonist), it does just that.

The score is beautiful yet appropriately unsettling and gets right under your skin.

A rare film that makes you grin and squirm at the same time.


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