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.
I found this in Terry Gilliam's favorite animated films. it truly is something unique. It's like an abstract choose your adventure sort of film, where there's only sound, it's up to you to interpret and imagine the story and visuals, although it's meant to replicate what it feels like being in a concentration camp. Haunting and evocative, plus i also see it as a great exercise to practice on how to tell a story.
From the opening disclaimer the film challenges and asks questions of the audience to delve into moments and second guess themselves. It twists and presents distorted imagery. The style of the film is immaculate, the hand drawn illustrations are unique and fresh. The music and sound design were superb, aiding in building off on the imagery and adding depth to complete the viewing experience.
My mind is boggled by the number of comments here expressing confusion about the film's subject. Are they all from young people? Is anyone being taught history any more? Are we so awash in commercial images that the Holocaust is effectively forgotten? Stalin? Any number of genocides? This is tragic that a film so raw and obvious is illegible because so few know how to "read", or have the ability to unpack art. Shame!
The film is brilliantly animated, and its sound design and dark, eerie sketches are just oozing with atmosphere. It was certainly an interesting twelve minutes. But, unfortunately, it's story is so avant garde and vague that it's likely most people would have to spend a long time trying to discern what Borowczyk was trying to say. Worth the watch for the art and atmosphere, but little else.
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.