Lunacy

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A Svankmajer movie is not for everyone, but he displays his usual creative flair for surreal imagery.

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Movie Info

In 19th-century France a young man (Pavel Liska) meets a nobleman (Jan Tríska) who invites him to spend the night in his castle, where the former witnesses a bizarre orgy and the latter's apparent death and burial. The next day, the nobleman explains he cured his fear of premature burial by having himself entombed, and he suggests that the young man, who is plagued by nightmares of a madhouse, have himself committed.

Cast & Crew

Pavel Liska
Jean Berlot
Jan Tríska
The Marquis
Martin Huba
Dr. Coulmiere
Jaroslav Dusek
Dr. Murlioppe
Juraj Galvanek
Cinematographer
Jan Svankmajer
Art Direction
Veronika Hruba
Costume Designer
Eva Svankmajerová
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Critic Reviews for Lunacy

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (12)

  • A horse-drawn carriage crossing an expressway overpass promises a more subversive ride than Svankmajer delivers.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While Lunacy leaves you with the impression that Svankmajer is more expressive with cutlets than he is with his atypically human-dominated dreamscape, some of the images are doozies.

    October 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • This is one of those deliriously unhinged movies that looks, feels and sounds genuinely insane, for all the right artistic reasons.

    October 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At nearly two hours Lunacy becomes repetitive, at first ingeniously and then with a slowly dulling edge. The meat parade ceases to shock.

    September 8, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Fans of movies about inmates who take over an asylum -- King of Hearts and Marat/Sade are prime examples -- will be amused by this surrealistic take on the subject punctuated by animated interludes featuring, of all things, dancing meat.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its visual surprises and visceral shocks, Lunacy is still the kind of film that is easier to admire than it is to actually like.

    August 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lunacy

  • Jul 07, 2011
    A mentally unstable man meets a modern day Marquis de Sade who holds blasphemous rituals in his basement and convinces his guest to commit himself to an insane asylum run by the inmates. In between scenes we see clips of steaks and disembodied tongues slithering about. It's bizarre, but not the strangest from surrealist animator Svankmejer; if you squint hard, it even looks like an ordinary horror movie. The tag line says it best: "Edgar Allen Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmejer = Lunacy."
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2006
    If you're not familiar with Svankmajer's unique style of finding the endearing in the disgusting, nor grown accustomed to his meat puppets or skeletal animals, you might find this movie somewhat aversive at first - hopefully only to discover its brilliance in the end.
    vieras e Super Reviewer

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