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A soundless film starts in a studio: an artist sits, a nude stands; a page burns, paper cutouts appear, images are distorted. The artist removes his eye; it falls from his hand, seeing images spin as it rolls. A man falls, objects in the studio falls on him, he's not the artist. A woman gets help from a man in a lab coat; he and the man on the floor fight over a shotgun. Outside, in the city, people and cars move backwards. On the street, those from the studio chase a woman who's stolen leeks. In the backward cityscape, they move forward. They run toward a seaside amusement park. The artist follows, his head in a bird cage. He ends up with the woman who went for help; or does he?

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    • Author: Coiwield
    A soundless film starts in a studio: an artist sits, a nude stands; a page burns, paper cutouts appear...

    I do not think I can describe this one without throwing in the word "surreal"... this is "Un Chien Andalou" for the next generation. A man removing his own eyeball, a repeated showing of a (fully) nude woman... somehow a painter fits in here.

    The collages of people and things might have some meaning behind it ,but I certainly do not have a clue what it might be. And the cage... what does the cage represent? They named the film after it, for goodness sakes.

    The running backwards scene is really, really awesome. Not sure how hard it was to film. You might not think it was very hard, but it just looks so flawless...
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