Jan Svankmajer-Faust (1994)

Posted By : FNB47 | Date : 12 May 2007 18:20:08 | Comments : 7 |

Jan Svankmajer-Faust (1994)
727.6 MB | 1:32:14 | English with no s/t | XviD, 930 Kb/s | 512x384

Jan Svankmajer's long awaited follow up to his acclaimed "Alice" is an equally astounding version of the myth of Dr. Faustus. Merging live action with stop motion and claymation, Svankmajer has created an unsettling universe presided over by diabolic life size marionettes and haunted by skulking human messengers from hell. (-DVD Prod. descr.)

A full-length feature from the Czech animation director Jan Svankmajer, his first since "Alice,'' in 1987. A tired Czech citizen is handed a map on the streets of Prague; it leads him to a shabby courtyard, a puppet theatre, and a bruising encounter with the powers of evil. He raises the Devil, only to be confronted by a replica of his own face: a typically bleak hint from Svankmajer that we invent our own temptations-that any of us would make a good Faust. The best introduction to Svankmajer remains his short films; "Faust" is less shocking, more narcotic. Still, with its blend of live action, chattering marionettes, and weird, fleshy stop-motion sequences-not to mention the pitch-black of the humor-it throws you off balance more thoroughly than any other movie in town. (-Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)

A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after being lured by a strange map into a sinister puppet theatre, finds himself immersed in an indescribably weird version of the play, blending live actors, clay model animation and giant puppets. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0109781/plotsummary)

Wonderful blend of real-time and stop-motion storytelling by a master of the surreal. An apparently ordinary everyman is led by curiousity into a dilapidated building which turns out to be a strange cross of theatre, a puppeteer's workshop, and an alchemical laboratory. Suddenly, he finds himself becoming the legendary character Dr. Faust, selling his soul to the devil to gain magical powers. (amazon.com)

Jan Svankmajer is the real sorcerer here and blends stage sets with real settings, seven foot puppets with live actors, and makes magic of it all. The voice performances are excellent and actually add to the surreal quality of the film. Just one caution: This is not a "family" film. There is some adult material, so don't confuse this with Bass and Rankin style claymation. (amazon.com)

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Posted By: tycho Date: 13 May 2007 01:41:01
Thank! But have you got the original czech audio too?
Posted By: kharmok Date: 13 May 2007 01:44:38

Excellent post! I got this film before, but couldn't watch it as it's a Russian dub ( I can understand a bit of Russian but not enough ) and I couldn't fild subs.

I had the idea of posting "Conspirators of Pleasure" /Spiklenci slasti (1996)/ if you don't have it? Also I've got a lot of his short films, about 2 CDs...

Posted By: FNB47 Date: 13 May 2007 09:20:47

tycho, I always include all audio tracks and all of the subtitles that were in DVDs. Here the only audio track in DVD was English dub. Please check : http://www.kino.com/video/item.php?film_id=106

Posted By: FNB47 Date: 13 May 2007 09:30:00

kharmok thank you, I also have (almost) all of his work, so feel free to post whichever you want.

Posted By: Fa Date: 21 May 2007 21:03:21
Thanks a lot. :)

Posted By: Cupiao Date: 17 Mar 2009 21:57:22

Many thanks!

Keep doing it !!!
Posted By: elleshar01 Date: 24 Apr 2009 19:51:44
Thanks for the up!