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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

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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Genres:

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 »

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Production Co:

Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Surreal and Haunting Experience
7 January 2016 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Svankmajer may be my favorite filmmaker (he's at least in my top 3). He really knows how to create a truly interesting and bizarre experience, and even when he was in the earliest stages of his career he was making some truly outstanding cinema.

Although there is no animation or puppets used (like there would be in a usual Svankmajer film), you can still tell that this is a Svankmajer film. It's mainly because of the editing, which can turn the somewhat mundane opening of the film into an artistic and surreal experience. There's a lot of close-ups and quick editing which really enhance the strangeness of the short.

The film is also truly compelling, and more so than an average Svankmajer film. There's a lot of powerful meaning and symbolism here, making it a great watch for people studying film and fans of Svankmajer's work.


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