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The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

Konec stalinismu v Cechách (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Svankmajer
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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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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English

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1991 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Agitprop Indeed
22 October 2017 | by aburk903See all my reviews

More human than historical or political- this addresses us as so many Svankmajer pieces do. The human (sculptor) is God (the divine is human to clay as we are human to a certain historic animalism). The God (a prosthetic god- appendage of the machine) sculpts all from clay in the same image. It is an industrial creationism. Rapid consumption follows- sculpting, hanging, recycling...(might this massive rolling pin not call to mind Eisenstein's Odessa Steps?). But the cycle ends- the graven image is now painted, becomes neutralized as a work of art rather than an honorific bust, and God washes the guilt from hands that now begin again the meandering creation.


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