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The Pied Piper of Hamelin1985

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  • 4.3
Winner of multiple festival awards, Jiří Barta’s bold adaptation of the classic fairy tale stands comparison to expressionist landmarks like THE GOLEM and THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. In terms of visual design, his medieval village plagued by rats refers directly back to those earlier films' labyrinthine sets. The townsfolk may be graven puppets but Barta gives you plenty of reason to believe in their grotesque corporeality. The rats, meanwhile, are all too real. When the pests disturb the flow of commerce, the pied piper is hired by a sordid aristocrat class to rid the town of its plague. In Barta’s darkened view, the rats only imitate the behavior of the townsfolk. Like a dense woodcut brought to life, this PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN is of a different mettle than your typical cartoon.

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i remember seeing this years ago and having my mind blown. it just doesnt get more beautiful than this.

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The pied piper like no one else could ever imagine it. Shockingly lovely and intensely truthful. Greed is the real plague.

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i remember seeing this years ago and having my mind blown. it just doesnt get more beautiful than this.

thanks fandor.

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This film's style reminds me of German Expressionism with its highly stylized settings. The characters are simple wooden puppets with ball and socket armatures, but the Piper can convey so much emotion and displeasure with his "bead"y eyes. This film is a great retelling of a classic story.

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Dark, adult folktale illustrated with staggeringly imaginative and intricate animation that has the primitive power and beauty of an expressionist woodcut. Almost a tactile experience as blood, fur, jewelry, living rats and feathers contrast dramatically against the roughhewn wood. Pure visual storytelling, the only dialogue is in the squeaking imaginary language of the townsfolk. An animation masterpiece.

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This movie is not to be missed! It's an animated feature, with spare dialogue in a made-up language that you instantly understand. It's stark, dark, universal, and full of visual and narrative interest. Based on the folk tale, this version is focused on the ways that humans and rats really do belong together. A chilling, poignant, cynical and vividly drawn movie.

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This is one of the most amazing stop-motion films I've seen in a long time. It held my attention the entire time despite not having understandable spoken language. The puppets and sets were fabulous and it really inspired me to go out and research more German expressionism, I bought a great book of prints!

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The town of Hamelin has become the medieval version of Sodom and Gomorrah a place of greed and avarice. In this amazing animated carved objects variation of the Pied Piper tale it is a mysterious Clint Eastwood like character that has come to clean up the town that has no pity.

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RATS

This is an exceptional film to absorb. Intense, disturbing, touching, and insightful; please take the time to watch this work -- and LISTEN -- to it as well.

Amazing , hands on, old school animated masterpiece. Evoking the brothers Quay as it probably inspired them, the story is based on the true story of how in the 1200s hundreds of children followed a pied piper out of a plague ridden town in German. The piper is a haunting figure, worthy to become an icon in cult filmdom

A beautifully designed film, with haunting visuals and sounds that uncover the vile and greedy hands that pull the strings of society. Jiri Barta has honestly made a stop motion masterpiece.

Super great animation

100% A grade cinema!

Interesting. Not for children.

Drawing was post modern I think.

The magic of kindness, by a pied piper goodness to drive away evil creatures from among the upright creature were magical. But turns out the pied piper end up haven't to use the cruel curse against the drunken viallant. Simply because their were death of a praying young lady who believed in good. So he paid, to the villants evil deeds of vengence for her death.

Beautiful and fun.

Stop action animation with wooden dolls, beautifully carved. Like an animated German impressionist woodcut. Like Lionel Feininger directed by Tim Burton