7.5/10
2,777
32 user 29 critic

Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

Spiklenci slasti (original title)
Six people unknowingly form a cycle of masturbation as they each cause others to privately indulge in their fetishes.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

Jan Svankmajer
Reviews
4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film uses a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová
Faust (1994)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla
Lunacy (2005)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová
Otesánek (2000)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová
Jídlo (1993)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus
Neco z Alenky (1988)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Hmyz (2018)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Jirí Lábus, Jan Budar, Kamila Magálová
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two pieces of meat fall in love.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Byt (1968)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Ivan Kraus, Juraj Herz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Meissel Petr Meissel ... Mr. Pivoine
Gabriela Wilhelmová ... Mrs. Loubalova
Barbora Hrzánová ... Postmistress
Anna Wetlinská Anna Wetlinská ... Mrs. Beltinska
Jirí Lábus ... Newspaper Vendor
Pavel Nový ... Mr. Beltinski
Frantisek Polata Frantisek Polata
Eva Vidimská Eva Vidimská
Ervín Tomendál Ervín Tomendál
Josef Chodora Josef Chodora
Marie Zemanová Marie Zemanová
Zhan Daniel
Martin Kublák Martin Kublák
Eva Vosahlíková Eva Vosahlíková
Martin Radimecký Martin Radimecký
Edit

Storyline

Six outwardly average individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge with surreptitious care. A mousy letter carrier makes dough balls she grotesquely ingests before bed. A shop clerk fixates on a TV news reader while he builds a machine to massage and masturbate him. One of his customers makes an elaborate chicken costume for a voodoo-like scene with a doll resembling his plump neighbor. She, in turn, has a doll that resembles him, which she whips and dominates in an abandoned church. The TV news reader has her own fantasy involving carp. Her husband, who is indifferent to her, steals materials to fashion elaborate artifacts that he rubs, scrapes and rolls across his body. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspirators of Pleasure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Athanor,Cominici,Delfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Professional Expertise: count Leopold Sacher-Masoch marquis Donotien Aldonse François de Sade Sigmund Freud Luis Buñuel Max Ernst Bohuslav Brouk See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film Named Desire (2017) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Liked what was served, but portions too small
31 October 2002 | by galensaysyesSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and got much from it that other movies don't give. In particular, it's one of the few movies I've ever seen that I recognized as pertaining to some part of my own life. But, as the cliché runs, an hour later I was hungry again. The reason, I think, is that Svankmajer doesn't really make long films, but short films gone long. This one sustains its length through the fertility (so to speak) of invention with which it elaborates the basic idea--a half dozen fetishists obsessively engaged in creating elaborate, rather Rube Goldbergish devices to realize their *very* fey erotic fantasies--but the idea is miniature, not full-scale, and the film can only detail it rather than develop it. That doesn't mean that what appears on the screen isn't always interesting: it's visually original, often quite funny (the profusion of ordinary objects that the filmmaker is able to make look like genitalia is sometimes startling; some of their hidden potentials I would never have suspected), and, if not making a particular social or political point (the filmmaker seems equivocal about the morality or utility of this behavior), indicates points the viewer can make for himself. But for me there simply wasn't enough conspiracy or enough pleasure; only about enough for a short film. The idea of a conspiracy of pleasure is brilliant, I think, and had me viewing society in a new way (for a few hours at least), but here it only goes as far as the characters' connecting in various odd, often antilogical ways. I would have liked to see more of a conspiracy, either actual or metaphorical, and not just random connections. I would have liked to see more pleasure, too. The concentration, isolation, desperation, fear, and excitement of pursuing the erotic muse are all precisely conveyed, but not the ecstasy they're in aid of. Still,... (recycle to beginning of paragraph)


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed