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Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Pit and the Pendulum"), Jan Svankmajer | 1 more credit »

Star:

Jan Zácek
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A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope See more »

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Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Mono
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The Will to LIve
24 July 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This little film is mesmerizing. It is a stark recreation of Poes' Pit and the Pendulum. A man, whose face we never see, has been sentenced to death by some sort of druids or the inquisition. We follow him as he tries to save himself, using every means he has at his disposal. It is wildly surrealistic and very intense.


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