“Ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to see is a horror film — with all the degeneracy peculiar to that genre. It is not a work of art. Today, art is all but dead anyway.” — Jan Svankmajer’s on-screen introduction to Lunacy

Overflowing with remarkable images that remain impossible to un-see, Lunacy is a love poem to that one ineffable fact about human existence: that we’re all nothing but walking bags of meat. Punctuated by by an extraordinary series of stop-motion vignettes starring disembodied tongues, sinew and flesh, the film — inspired by both Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis De Sade (“to whom the film owes its blasphemy and subversiveness”) — is a refreshingly bizarre investigation of freedom, control and punishment. “I am neither fool nor hypocrite,” declares the Marquis, as he rescues a mentally disturbed young man and whisks him off to his estate for bizarre sexual rituals and mindfucks, and then on to an experimental lunatic asylum for his final cure. Svankmajer’s most explicit exploration of madness, and his most erotically-charged work, Lunacy is like Quills on acid — with a side of raw meat!
Dir. Jan Svankmajer, 2005, 35mm, 118 min.

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