KRYSAR (THE PIED PIPER)
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DISCORD WATCH PARTY | NOV. 26, 9PM MST
There have been many adaptations of The Pied Piper over the years, but none that look like this. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find any film that looks quite like Jiři Barta’s take on this classic fable about a rat-catcher taking revenge on the town of Hamelin. Aiming to stay true to Czech poet and writer Viktor Dyk’s 1915 novel while adapting it to be better suited to animation, Barta came up with a visual style inspired by German expressionism and medieval art, with distorted, wooden puppets, extreme angles, and compositions inspired more by emotional impact than physical reality. The result is one of the most complex stop-motion films of its time, and it remains one of the most striking.
After screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, Krysař earned a string of accolades at festivals around the globe. Until recently, though, the only way to watch it was a low-resolution DVD scan that hardly does the film justice. For our 35th anniversary screening, GIRAF is thrilled to premiere a new digital print of the film, scanned from a 35mm copy in the archives of original production studio Kratky Film—a perfect chance to watch an under-seen classic with fresh eyes.
This new scan of Krysař was made possible by: