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 »
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 »
A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »
In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... See full summary »
Jan Svankmajer is the most unusual stop-motion filmmaker whose work I have seen. Instead of the typical models which are brought to life using this method, Svankmajer takes everyday objects or creepy stuff he's found, perhaps, in antique shops to create films that are truly unique.
Each time I see one of his films, I think I've finally seen his most bizarre and disturbing work. Well, I felt this way again when I saw "Flora"--a very, very short and possibly incomplete film from 1989. It consists of lots and fruits and vegetables all lined up like they are part of a person' body--with a clay head and feet. Very quickly, the food begins rotting and is eaten up by worms--all at a highly accelerated speed. I really am not sure what this all meant, but I said above, it's disturbing to say the least. Probably best for die-hard fans of the man's work.
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