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      Lunacy

      2005 2 hr. 1 min. Horror Fantasy List
      65% 34 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less
      Lunacy

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      Critics Consensus

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

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      Audience Member You can see all the representations of men. A fabulous window peeking into what a convenient state of mind means in most societies. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member F 8.2 [Jan Svankmajer] Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Not for the faint of heart. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Basically a wannabee-de-sade flick with some animated sirloin steak in it. The political analysis Svankmajer is so proud of is laboured, slow, pedantic and was done much better 50 years ago in the Prisoner and shortly after in Pasolini's Salo. This is the second Svankmajer fillm to have disappointed me. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member As in all Svankmajer films, the visual aspects far outweigh the dramatic ones, but this time, the drama is draggy and drawn-out. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member What in the fuck did I just sit through?!!! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Jun 1, 2007 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Mar 17, 2007 Full Review Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times A horse-drawn carriage crossing an expressway overpass promises a more subversive ride than Svankmajer delivers. Rated: 2/4 Oct 27, 2006 Full Review Christopher Campbell Cinematical Wickedly funny and astonishingly conceived, the film is a nonstop cavalcade of shocks, surprises and enchantments. I loved every minute of it. Rated: 4.5/5 Sep 18, 2007 Full Review Anton Bitel Eye for Film By turns absurdly funny, disturbingly dissolute, unnervingly claustrophobic, and caustically misanthropic, Lunacy offers viewers the sort of punishing pleasures that so many of its characters seem, in their different ways, to seek. Rated: 4/5 Jun 12, 2007 Full Review Ken Eisner Georgia Straight As pure cinema, there's no denying the power of Lunacy, although mostly that power can best be described as, well, sadistic. Apr 16, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Jan Svankmajer
      Screenwriter
      Jan Svankmajer
      Genre
      Horror, Fantasy
      Original Language
      Czech
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Aug 9, 2006
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 20, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $48.0K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby