Jan Svankmajer’s debut film extends the madcap spirit of his Prague-based Theatre of Masks. Two magicians perform an escalating series of tricks, most of which involve strange objects entering or exiting their plaster heads. Once pried open, they resemble surrealist cabinets stuffed with grinding gears, violins and insects. The relative realism of the theatrical stage is shattered by a cubist barrage of imaginative discontinuities once the magic gets going. Svankmajer’s first trick as a filmmaker is an overflowing creation with sometimes disturbing images colored by his obvious joy in texture and rhythm.
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I love Svankmajer's work! This is delightful!
I've followed Jan Svanmajer ever since his unique treatment of the Alice in Wonderland story. This guy has a way of telling a story that is unlike any other director. His actual animation skills leave something to be desired, but his approach, ideas and lo-tech storytelling concepts must not be ignored.
This reminds me of fevers I would get as a child. Sitting sweaty and exhausted I would have strange dreams that made sense, while at the same time were complete rubbish. That being said, I really enjoy it.
There's no film by Jan Svanmajer that I don't love. He is a master of stop motion animation, his a perfect blend of humor and the grotesque that give powerful and unique insights to human experience and relationships. I love the theatricality in this piece, and blend of live action and animation.
With his first film the master artist Jan Svankmajer introduces his unique vision. Using classic material with original and seemingly archaic objects, actors dressed as large puppets and mixing this with strange sounds and absurd camera angles he somehow creates a powerful and disturbing yet beautiful world.
A very clever animation.I did not understand the beetle,and wished it was a little longer.
Love his work and it is FANTASTIC to see his debut movie!
Maybe a bit too bizarre for me...kind of boring, as well.
what gives? Where's the end of the film?