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The Ossuary (1970)

Kostnice (original title)
A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death).

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer
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A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death).

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

21 April 2009 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Kostnica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

There are two versions of Kostnice. Originally the film was accompanied only by the commentary of the ossuary guide. Svankmajer asked Zdenek Liska to write the music that in the second version replaced the commentary. First version was distributed on video by Krátký Film in Czech Republic. Version with music is available from The British Film Institute/Connoisseur Video. See more »

Connections

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

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You can smell the death
19 September 2000 | by sirarthurstreebgreeblingSee all my reviews

Svankmejer made a diversion from his vivid world to make this short , mostly non-narrative film. We are taken on a journey to one of the most horrificly spellbinding building in the world , which has been made from the skull's,rib's,legs,breastbones etc etc of thousands of bodies, to form the arches and doorways and to generally adorne this building.. With frantic jump cuts , a soundtrack that seems to ring in the ears for hours afterward and his own style give us a truly original way of seeing this macabre building. Watch this and then go for a walk in the woods , alone.


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