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Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

Tma/Svetlo/Tma (original title)
A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

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Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer
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A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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body humor
29 August 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Czech stop-motion animator Jan Švankmajer has made a career out of bizarre short films, usually featuring inanimate objects - stones, pendulums, mannequins - as the stars. "Tma, světlo, tma" ("Darkness, Light, Darkness" in English) features clay body parts that assemble themselves into the shape of a person.

One can easily see an influence on Terry Gilliam in Švankmajer's shorts. I figure that in Soviet-ruled Czechoslovakia he didn't have a lot of fancy equipment to make his movies, but he obviously had the talent. "Darkness, Light, Darkness" is one that you'll probably like.

I understand that another notable Czech animation master was Jiří Trnka, known as the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe.


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