Apparently read as an evocation of concentration camps, and one of Terry Gilliam's ten best animated films of all time. There is something darkly Python-esque about the shuffling movement, and there is comedy in there too. Bit of Bernie Parmigiano thrown in too, can't go wrong mate, can't go wrong
This is kind of like watching an animation from Dali and Luis Buñuel. Surrealism at its best combined with trippy sound design. I really loved this short film even though It's hard to grasp the meaning behind it.
Like some bleak and sinister minimalist Bosch, or dark hybrid of Magritte and Monty Python. A train; a vast, depersonalized workspace; an elaborate construction for the efficient, impersonal, almost ritualistic, dispatching of angels. A sepia-toned perversion set to brilliantly disquieting sound design. Heavy and affecting and a far cry from his 70s sex romps. Borowczyk's an intriguing one, indeed...
Ingenious political short about totalitarian horror. Filtered through Borowczyk's fascination with 'mechanism' the apogee of instrumental rationality is reached with the technological version of the Jacobin Terror when -as Hegel would say- 'heads fall like cabbages'. Coupled to theological intimations, this is chilling, hyperreal, and superlative art 'crushed' in the mincemeat machine of the trains to Auschwitz.
He shouts jab the earth deeper you lot there you others sing up and play /
he grabs for the rod in his belt he swings it his eyes are so blue /
jab your spades deeper you lot there you others play on for the dancing
Borowczyk lent his signature animation style to Les Jeux Des Anges. Though the short film is choppy and confusing, it seems to convey the horror and loss of concentration camps well. Most of the animation is very simplistic, emphasizing the isolation of those poor souls featured in the film. Although it is difficult to follow, Borowczyk’s film seems to convey the disturbing nature of the camps he is portraying.
Borowczyk successfully paints a disturbing, surrealistic picture of a concentration camp in this formalist short. I felt I was in a nightmare, anxious to wake up yet eager to analyze what I had seen afterwards. I am left intrigued, however, I do not think I would recommend this for any other reason than to experience the curious pencil-sketched style of animation.