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The Garden (1968)

Zahrada (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama | August 1968 (Italy)
Josef shows his friend Frank his garden and his rabbits. Frank is most interested in the unsettling fact that Josef's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Ivan Kraus (screenplay), Ivan Kraus (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jirí Hálek ... Josef
Ludek Kopriva ... Frank
Míla Myslíková ... Mary
Václav Borovicka Václav Borovicka ... Boruvka
Frantisek Husák ... Man in rubber coat
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Frank visits his friend Josef, who introduces him to his pedigree rabbits and his wife Mary. Frank is more interested in the slightly unsettling fact that Josef and Mary's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands. Finally, Frank asks Josef how he manages to keep the fence together... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Short | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

August 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Garten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Well, this certainly IS unusual!
12 July 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Garden" is a very strange film....and it's one that is unlike Jan Svankmajer's other shorts. Instead of his usual stop-motion, this is a live action film...but it's strange, surreal quality do make it a film I could believe was made by the man!

The film begins with Josef and Frank stopping to pee. Next, Josef takes his friend in the car to see his prized rabbits on his farm. However, Frank is struck by the setting....there is a wall of people surrounding the farm. Each person is holding hands and they stand there silently bordering the place. Frank is confused and eventually gets around to asking Josef about this...and where it then goes, you'll have to see for yourself.

If you are the type person who likes things very literal and normal, well this film is NOT for you. Strange and with a sly sense of humor...it's something Svankmajer fans should enjoy. Others...who knows?!


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