Skip to main content

Pendulum, The Pit and Hope

Czechoslovakia, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Two tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Villiers de L'Isle Adam provided the inspiration for the story of human suffering and people's indomitable hope. The combined film method used and subtle art conception guarantee an unusual presentation of these classical literary works.

See also...

In The Cellar

Live action and animation combine to depict little girls encounter with fear down in the cellar, producing suspenseful and fantastic results . . . Jan Svankmajer has been making animation films since ... More »

The Apartment

The film is meant as a warning against the mod­ern dependencies of people, very often the obiects of our daily life which surround us will change their characteristics and turn on us. ... More »

Darkness, Light, Darkness

The latest offering from the great Czech animator proves that the original is always the best. ... "With this body, senses and existence, a being fills an empty room, but this existence is unsteady ... More »

Food

Civilisation exists on the backs of starving mil­lions, but also at the expense of future genera­tions. Civilisation survives by stuffing itself at all costs with the cannibalising of culture ... More »

LITTLE OTIK

With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console ... More »

CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE

Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director