A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some ...
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A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some knowledge of the subject is essential in order to understand the film, which is entirely visual.Written by
Michael Brooke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After so many years of quirky imagery in his short films, Jan Svankmajer made "The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia", portraying the history of Czechoslovakia from the time that the Soviet Union took over in 1948, to the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Probably the two most fascinating scenes are when a bust of Stalin is cut open and they pull out another bust, and then when rolling pins charge through the streets like Soviet tanks crushing Prague Spring.
Even for someone like me, who doesn't know all that much about Czech history, this is still an impressive piece of work. I definitely recommend it.
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