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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


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Details

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

17 November 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunacy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

CZK 593,953 (Czech Republic), 17 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$47,957, 4 February 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Classic European cinema
1 May 2006 | by stratonickSee all my reviews

I recently saw this film at the Jeonju film festival in Korea. It was by far the best film I saw all weekend. Selini is like a combination of Godard, Herzog and classic Czech animation- the kind of committed and convincing political film making that is increasingly rare these days. In his introduction Svankmajer compares the excesses of extreme reactionary and liberal regimes and argues that we currentlycombine the worst of both worlds in encouraging people to do whatever they want whilst relying on punishment and fear to keep them under control. The plot (based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story) is simple- an innocent traveller bears witness to the lunatics taking over the asylum. But the nightmarish atmosphere of confusion and fear, enhanced by gruesome stop motion animation between scenes, is both compelling, disturbing and extremely effective in communicating the directors ideas. The acting is committed and convincing and the story has, like the decline into madness, a chilling inevitability about it. The film uses this simple story to explore more challenging philosophical concepts. You don't have to be a fan of art-house cinema to understand and enjoy this exciting movie. 9/10


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