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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marquis
... Jean Berlot
... Charlota
... Dr. Coulmiere
... Dr. Murlloppe
... Servant Dominik
Stano Danciak ... Innkeeper
... Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková ... Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová ... Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová ... Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar ... Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil ... Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber ... Dream warden
Ctirad Götz ... Ostler
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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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Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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

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Version of Operené stíny (1931) See more »

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this sickening satire is among svankmajer's most fiendishly entertaining
4 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Functioning mainly as a mixture of three demented masters of art (these "heroes" of mine being Edgar Allan Poe, the Marquis de Sade, and Jan Svankmajer), "Lunacy" portrays a world of hopeless depravity. Demented desires are shown to be hidden within those one both extremes of the social spectrum. "Lunacy" is a film that lives up to its title, showcasing a world of idiocy, chaos, and oppression.

In his brilliant introduction, Svankmajer claims that this is a film inspired by the works of both Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade. Being a fan of both authors, this only further fueled my fascination with the film. Poe's tortured soul often dominates the more melancholic and moody sections of such a masterwork, as well as largely inspiring the overall story. de Sade's sick spirit shines even brighter as Svankmajer displays the perverted sexual acts and desires performed by a common libertine. His surreal lens not flinching one bit, blasphemous rituals of twisted eroticism are performed in a way both chilling and occasionally amusing. Further mirroring de Sade's unconventional brilliance are the nihilistic philosophical musings of the film's own marquis, a man who refuses to hide his perverted desires, hatred for Mother Nature, and disdain for religion.

While juggling the atmospheres of ever impending doom and inescapable tragedy, "Lunacy" also manages to be one of the funniest movies of the century so far. Without fail, Svankmajer slyly mocks society using both grotesque horror and riotous black humor. Gags fill up Svankmajer's cinematic canvas like his character of the marquis' sperm does the inside of his sexual victims. Here, hilarity comes in many (often absolutely absurdist) forms, from slapstick to social commentary. Densely layered, Svankmajer's film crowds itself with much comic insanity by the second half. Many sequences work as both scenes of sadistic horror and gross out humor, so never be afraid to burst with laughter despite the urge to spray puke all over the movie screen like a hose.


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