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Jan Švankmajer Czech Republic, 2005

msmichel's rating of the film Lunacy

Svankmajer sets out to make a horror film full of the 'degeneracy peculiar to that genre' with a nod to Poe and the 'blasphemy and subversiveness' of Sade. Unfortunately the film fails on these goals and the bloated but ambitious grotesque beats the viewer over the head with its overlong runtime. Compared to earlier works such as 'Alice' or 'Faust' this comes up very short.