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Lunacy (2005)

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A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Marquis de Sade (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ... Marquis
Pavel Liska ... Jean Berlot
Anna Geislerová ... Charlota
Martin Huba ... Dr. Coulmiere
Jaroslav Dusek ... Dr. Murlloppe
Pavel Nový ... Servant Dominik
Stano Danciak Stano Danciak ... Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ... Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková Katerina Ruzicková ... Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová Iva Littmanová ... Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová Katerina Valachová ... Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar Josef Kaspar ... Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil Miroslav Navrátil ... Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber Jirí Maria Sieber ... Dream warden
Ctirad Götz Ctirad Götz ... Ostler
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Storyline

A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum - absolute freedom versus control and punishment - within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis's estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He's willing to enter a sanatorium because he believes he can rescue a young woman from there who has told him that the real director and staff of the clinic are locked in the basement. Jean conspires with her to set them free: the horrors have only begun. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

17 November 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunacy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

CZK 593,953 (Czech Republic), 17 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$47,957, 4 February 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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A surreal masterpiece
18 November 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"Lunacy" is Jan Svankmajer's homage to Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis De Sade, (it's full of allusions to "Marat/Sade"), and as he tells us himself, is a horror film and not a work of art. It is certainly the first and I would argue it is also a work of art of quite a high order. It combines live-action with Svankmajer's trade-mark animation in giving us a study of what we might call 'the banality of evil' unlike almost anything else in cinema. It is a film that moves from a barely recognizable present to some kind of past as easily as it does from live-action to animation existing in a kind of no-man's-land between the real and surreal in a manner almost guaranteed to give you the very literal creeps; this is the real thing. Yet there is also something tongue-in-cheek about the horrors Svankmajer inflicts on us. There is a giddy perversity to the picture that to a degree dissipates the director's attack on the institutions he appears to condemn. This is as much a very bizarre celebration of hedonism as it is an attack on the communist regime. There's also an asylum in the film that makes the one at Charenton look like a Wendy House. Perverse, yes but also utterly extraordinary and undoubtedly one of Svankmajer's masterpieces.


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