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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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Czechoslovakia

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Czech

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31 October 2010 (France) See more »

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Not for all tastes, but really great for those who appreciate Svankmajer's strange style.
18 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Do Pivnice" is a short film by the master stop-motion director, Jan Svankmajer. Not surprisingly, the film is very creepy--as creepy animation is a trademark of Svankmajer's style. And, it uses bizarre everyday objects instead of the usual stop-motion models.

The film begins with a little girl going down some stairs on the way to the cellar to get some potatoes. The people the child meets are pretty normal folks and a cat, but Stankmajer uses exaggerated sound to make them seem more scary and otherworldly. When she arrives at her destination, the lighting is very dark and creepy. So far, no stop-motion has been employed--just sounds and light in a rather creepy locale inside the cellar. Where it goes next, I won't say--but it's VERY funny and very weird and might create a phobia in some watching the film and you may never look at bread or shoes the same way again! And you assume perhaps the child is imagining all these weird things....or is she?!

Only a weird person like Stankmajer would make such an outlandish and creepy film. Now this is NOT a criticism--we need weird people making films on occasion, otherwise life would be very dull. The film is successful because it sets a very strange and frightening mood. And, in an odd way, it's also rather funny. However, since it is so unusual, I can only assume it's a film that would be appreciated by some and would leave others baffled. I liked it.


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