SUMMARY: An old lady who is looking forward to death so she can be reunited with her husband is repeatedly brought back to life by a narcissistic doctor, much to the dismay of the Grim Reaper.
WHY IT’S HERE: Memorably described by Boston.com as ”The Seventh Seal’ reimagined as a Merrie Melody’, ‘The Lady and the Reaper’ is a frantically entertaining black comedy in which an elderly woman tries to make it to the afterlife but is repeatedly brought back by an arrogant doctor. This battle between life and death manifests itself literally as an extended chase sequence between the lady, the doctor and the Grim Reaper himself. With surreal, absurdist touches, ‘The Lady and the Reaper’ is potentially controversial but it treats its subject matter with tongue so firmly in cheek that no-one could possibly mistake it for an argument for or against euthanasia or resuscitation. It’s simply an old-fashioned cartoon with an unusually dark heart.