Švankmajer himself has stated (in interview the Peter Hames) that of all his films this is the one with the shortest sell-by date as it is an uncharacteristically direct piece of agit-prop [as commissioned]. However, it is only as heavy-handed as the ideology it is ridiculing and contains some of the artist's most stark political images. However, the film can only function in dialogue with 20th century Czech history.
Tough piece of agitpop, an attack on russian/czech politics from the stalin era through gorbachev. Gruesome, political, fascinating. One begeting another begetting another. Great animation from Svankmajer much more confrontational than most of his work. Death wears many faces.