404. Et Cetera – Jan Svankmajer

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SUMMARY: Small, animated figures learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house.

WHY IT’S HERE: Jan Svankmajer’s ‘Et Cetera’ is a great cut-out animation that focuses on three separate sequences of events in which a man learns to fly using increasingly larger sets of wings, a man uses a whip to train a beast and a man creates himself a series of houses. From this straightforward premise, Svankmajer makes a vague satirical point about the pointlessness of man’s endeavours and the perpetual repetition of these futile efforts throughout history. The profundity of the message is not the point here however, instead ‘Et Cetera’ draws laughter from its thoughtfully repetitious and oddly compelling and entertaining cycles.

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