Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) (1966)
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In this zany Czechoslovakian comedy, a scientist invents a machine that projects a sleeping person's dream on a screen. The trouble begins when she tries the contraption out on her husband and discovers his dreams are filled with cartoon-like characters doing outrageous things. Naturally, the scientist is quite shocked. Believing that such frivolous fantasies just won't do, she tries to manipulate his dreams. Disaster soon follows when the machine malfunctions and the dream characters become very real. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi … More
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Alot of the political commentary in the arts to come out of the eastern block during the cold war, especially in film, wear absurdist and surrealists garbs (Jvan Svankmajor, Milos Freeman, Vera Chytilova, etc) in order to escape censorship, though few, if any did. One that did however, is the delightful "Who Want's To Kill Jessie?", that dances somewhere between Fellini and golden age Charlie Chaplin, Michel Gondry doing Marx Bros., etc. Though made in 66 this film harkens back to the times of the silent comic stars and gags, like another Czech film "Daisies", this is surreal slapstick at it's finest. Unlike other Czech and Euro films of the era, there is a persistant lightheartedness and absurdity throughout the film, and a genuine "feel good" ending, where the cartoonishsly simple fact that "dreams can't be killed" becomes politically, personally, and comically profound. The humor is admittedly dated, but it's a fun forgeten little film, for people who like comics(the characters from the comic book only speak in word balloons), slapstick, Czech films, and comic(as in funny) surrealism. Whimsicle good times, in this forgeten Czech comedy.
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