"Conspirators of Pleasure"
Directed by Jan Svankmajer
Although largely a
live-action film, Jan Svankmajer's strange, otherworldly depiction of the
bizarre, solitary sexual activities of six people is very much in the
spirit of his surreal, stop-motion animated films Alice and Faust.
Forgoing any explanation by dialogue, Svankmajer allows his distinctive
visual artistry to convey the odd, sometimes nightmarish fantasy world his
characters occupy. "To describe Conspirators of Pleasure as a
live-action cartoon is a little like calling James Joyce's Ulysses
a salty Irish yarn" (Stephen Holden, New York Times). A Czech
Republic, Switzerland, Great Britain co-production, 85 minutes.
Also included is a Svankmajer live-action/animation short, Food
(1992, 16 mins.), a three-part exploration of consumption.