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A Channel Four production, Victorian version of of a Dali - surrealistic short animated puppets film. Good quality but the inspiration is weak & the "experimental" style music is dull. Anything except thrilling.
Inside a mechanical peepshow, a gaunt marionette is cut loose. What freedom, in this derelict district of rusted cogs & reified technologies, where life exists only in its most grotesque forms, & every perversion is marketed? The camera slides like a factory machine on tracks. Violins screech harsh & mocking dissonance. Gaunt Puppet surveys the degradation of his world in morbid fascination & existential horror. 4.5
It's staggering even trying to contemplate the amount of effort that went into making this. It's so incredibly detailed and inventive. I think it might be a little too long. More is not necessarily better.
I feel like Schulz's masterpiece is merely a hymn of a starting point for this. Doesn't matter. Both are surreal wells of hidden desires and madness, personifications in tow, spawned by a ripped and, here, literally a re-sewn historical derivation. I see these guys payed homage to Svankmajer; technically, this is next-level. Insanely beautiful. I will dream of that tailor for a long time. I secretly want that tailor.