Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope

The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope (Flash Video, Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje, 1983, directed by Jan Svankmajer, with Jan Zácek, based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Pit and the Pendulum"). "...This nightmarish version of Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum,' filmed in beautiful black and white and almost utterly devoid of dialogue, is both the best Poe adaptation I've ever seen and probably the closest I've ever seen a film come to evoking a nightmare. A good deal of this effect comes from the fact that the film is shot from a first-person view. You are the star."


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