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.
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.
The kind of situation where I have no idea what the fuck is going on but I don't mind. It's really more of a painting, the camera guiding us through its details, which might be what Hieronymus Bosch would have produced had he lived through Surrealism, the Second World War, Picasso in the 1930s. Looking forward to this funky little series from a perverted Pole who saw things differently and invited us to join him.
Repetitive, striking images set in an unsettling rhythm. This film is an experience rather than a narritive. The animation is uniquely quirky, dark, erotic even humorous at points and has obviously inspired several other filmmakers. The images are deliberate and bold, definitely worth a viewing by a filmgoer or those that are fans of art.