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Lunacy (2005)

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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

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Marquis de Sade (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ... Marquis
Pavel Liska ... Jean Berlot
Anna Geislerová ... Charlota
Martin Huba ... Dr. Coulmiere
Jaroslav Dusek ... Dr. Murlloppe
Pavel Nový ... Servant Dominik
Stano Danciak Stano Danciak ... Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ... Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková Katerina Ruzicková ... Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová Iva Littmanová ... Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová Katerina Valachová ... Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar Josef Kaspar ... Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil Miroslav Navrátil ... Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber Jirí Maria Sieber ... Dream warden
Ctirad Götz Ctirad Götz ... Ostler
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Storyline

A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum - absolute freedom versus control and punishment - within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis's estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He's willing to enter a sanatorium because he believes he can rescue a young woman from there who has told him that the real director and staff of the clinic are locked in the basement. Jean conspires with her to set them free: the horrors have only begun. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mindeath See more »

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Fantastic film, but...Marat?
9 October 2018 | by johnmuir76See all my reviews

Svankmajer impresses as always. His movies are always beautiful, disturbing, and wonderful. The acting ensemble is also impressive..and I cannot imagine a better actor to play the Marquis de Sade. My one criticism, though, is a big one:

The story...there's already a much better version of this story. It's "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade". ( Peter Weiss' play from 1963).

Now - I assume Svankmajer is aware of Weiss's play, but maybe he isn't? I don't know. I did highly enjoy Svankmajer's movie.

Part of me thinks he should have just done Weiss's play.


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Language:

Czech

Release Date:

17 November 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$48,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,982
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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