Happy End (Stastny konec) (1966)
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a really fun film from the czech new wave that's told completely backward, beginning with our hero's execution! it may be the earliest film of it's type. the voiceover seeks to describe the 'backward' action to hilarious effect. the film is just over an hour long; any longer and it might have gotten stale but this length is quite manageable and the 'happy end'ing is delightful
Genius, especially if you thought MEMENTO did it first. The film (a czech black and white crime melodrama) runs backwards, as does the dialog, a sentence at a time, and there's a dry narrative over the top which makes it even funnier. Did I say genius? Genius.
About five percent is dated, the rest is timeless. I believe this is the oldest film I've seen (And the oldest one available) involving reverse chronology, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fun and a visual delight. It's also quite funny - the third-person narrative switches back and forth from limited to omniscient to provide virtually two movies in one. I might have to see it again just to see if I missed any jokes in the witty dialogue. As with Irreversible and Peppermint Candy, the themes and structures dealt with are similar, and the placement of ironies give it a boost; it's not as difficult to follow as Memento.
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