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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: ... See full summary »

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Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Kraus ... Eater
Pavel Marek Pavel Marek ... Eater
Josef Fiala Josef Fiala ... Eater
Karel Hamr Karel Hamr ... Eater
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David Lhotak David Lhotak
Vaclav Livora Vaclav Livora
Marie Zemanová Marie Zemanová
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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: After failing to catch the waiter's eye, two would-be diners end up eating everything within reach. DINNER: Portraits of various meals made up of human organs. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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13 April 1994 (USA) See more »

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Comida See more »

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The "instruction card" in the Breakfast segment appears to actually be an instructions-for-entry form for an unidentified international animation festival. Although the text is partially erased and obscured, you can make out references to entries, storyboards, VHS and U-Matic videotape, ability to compete, authorship, and dates (November 1991-November 1992 and an October submission deadline). See more »

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During breakfast, when the man wipes his face with a napkin, his glasses disappear. See more »

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References The Gold Rush (1925) See more »

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"A distorted reality is now a necessity to be free."
9 April 2013 | by esmeorangeSee all my reviews

What strikes me about this movie it is how little I can give to make much sense of it. I guess it has some social comments on it, about our consumption and our consumerism society, on life and everything else. But most importantly, it doesn't really matter, you get to just experience, pay attention and to be in that state of not getting it. I think that might be the experience to have, unlearning things. Turning them upside down, to transform them. In a personal level it affected me, after seeing a sequence of his shorts and this one, to be more conscious on how we act and driven our desires, you know that feeling of salivating when you think about a bacon sandwich, it has stopped, and it was interesting to be that far apart, to change that programming to one that wasn't completely destructive and irrational.

All this conversation, reminded me of that Elliott Smith song called, "A distorted reality is now a necessity to be free."


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