Jan Švankmajer II

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Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 10, 2015

Bold and singleminded, upping the absurd ante of Carroll’s book, removing all sentiment, all possibility of an explanation or a way out. It seems too easy to cite Kafka, but how Kafka-esque! Svankmajer’s rabbit hole equivalent is characteristic of his troubling and yet very productive strategy. All of Carroll’s familiar episodes are here, but they are transformed to the point of discomfort. These bony creatures, not to mention the pieces of livid meat and the horrible fly-catching toungue, bring a powerful sense of organic decay to the proceedings. Funny, but not very!