A very poignant film about creative freedom and how something more powerful (a giant hand, a symbol for dictatorship) can thwart it. As from a descriptive about the film: "a horrifying protest against any violence restraining human freedom, emotions, creative force or life." Banned for two decades; confiscated by the secret police (part of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia), forbidden for viewing until 1986.
Polona Petek offers an essential interpretation of The Hand in a footnote (!) to her brilliant article "The Death and Rebirth of Surrealism in Bohemia" on the films of Jan Svankmajer. (Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Volume 17, Issue 1 April 2009 , pages 75 - 89)