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Format: DVD
Sku: 202850126
UPC: 698452204239
UPC 14: 00698452204239
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The Kimstim Collection.
"Revered as one of the world's most significant figures in animation, Czech filmmaker Jiri Barta has made a career fashioning stunningly gothic worlds of horror and fantasy that are infused with sublime humor and intense moral examinations. Mixing the aesthetic traditions of such artists as Gaudi, Kafka, Poe, Fritz Lang, The Brothers Quay and Jan Svankmajer, Barta's films are wondrous creations that go far beyond mere children's tales.

His early paper cut-out extravaganzas - Disc Jockey (1980) and The Design (1981) - give way to the object ballet of A Ballad about Green Wood (1983), in which logs celebrate the eternal renaissance of spring. Old mannequins spend their cracked and broken lives In The Club of the Laid Off (1989), and myriad styles of handwear spring to life as a brief history of international cinema in the award-winning The Vanished World of Gloves (1982). Barta's international reputation was cemented with The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1985), a very un-Disney adaptation of the classic German fairytale in which carved wooden puppets in a gothic cubist town are plagued by live rats. Considered one of the greatest works of puppet animation, it recalls the dark medieval epics of Ingmar Bergman. His only live action film, The Last Theft (1987), is a jewel thief/vampire flick shot in the style of 1970s European exploitation cinema.

Working mostly from the prestigious animation studio founded by the legendary Jiri Trnka, Barta's works have been criminally overlooked in the U.S. Kimstim is proud to present all eight of Jiri Barta's films, available for the first time together on one DVD.

Includes: A Ballad About Green Wood (11 minutes, 1983), The Club of the Laid Off (25 minutes, 1989), The Design (6 minutes, 1981), Disc Jockey (10 minutes, 1980), The Last Theft (21 minutes, 1987), The Pied Piper of Hamelin (55 minutes, 1985), Riddles For a Candy (8 minutes, 1978) and The Vanished World of Gloves (16 minutes, 1982)."

"[Pied] ...a stunningly brilliant masterpiece.  Keith Allen, Movierapture
"[All] Extraordinary...  Time Out Mgazine
"[Pied] ...a stunningly brilliant masterpiece.  "Keith Allen, Movierapture"

Editor's Note
Taking his place in the pantheon of master animators of a peculiarly Surrealist bent, which include the Brothers Quay (STREET OF CROCODILES) and Jan Svankmayer (FAUST), Jiri Barta produces work that is evocative of a Gothic, magical sensibility. He has also always created work that rails against a consumer society, giving his fantasies an especially poignant edge. This collection includes eight of Barta's most popular shorts: A BALLAD ABOUT GREEN WOOD, THE CLUB OF THE LAID OFF, THE DESIGN, DISC JOCKEY, THE LAST THEFT, THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN, RIDDLES FOR A CANDY, and THE VANISHED WORLD OF GLOVES.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino International
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/12/2006
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video UPC UPC: 00698452204239
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jiri Barta - [All] Director
Video Cast Info Kamil Pixa - [Pied] Writer

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Barta,Jiri
Product attributeLabel:   Zeitgeist Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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