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A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

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Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Josef Kolber (play), Jan Svankmajer
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Monika Belo-Cabanová Monika Belo-Cabanová ... Little Girl
Olga Vronská Olga Vronská ... Old Woman (as Ol'ga Vronská)
Aleksandr Letko Aleksandr Letko ... Old Man
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A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

31 October 2010 (France) See more »

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29 August 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of Jan Svankmajer's many surreal shorts, a little girl goes downstairs to get some potatoes, and sees some pretty unusual things: a man sleeping in coal, a woman baking things made of coal, and shoes eating croissants. And the cat is also something perplexing. Maybe "Do pivnice" is looking at confronting our fears, or maybe something else. But whatever the overarching idea is, this is a pretty neat flick. I think that more than anything, these sorts of movies should disprove the notion that many of us in the West probably have that nothing creative came from the Eastern Bloc; it seems to me that Svankmajer's work is more creative than a lot of what I've seen from the US. So definitely "Czech" this movie out.


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