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Conspirators of Pleasure(Spiklenci slasti)

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Czech Republic, Switzerland, United Kingdom · 1996
1h 23m
Director Jan Švankmajer
Starring Petr Meissel, Gabriela Wilhelmová, Barbora Hrzánová, Anna Wetlinská
Genre Drama, Animation, Comedy

Six individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge in with care. For example, a mousy letter carrier makes dough balls she grotesquely ingests before bed, a shop clerk fixates on a TV news reader while he builds a machine to massage and masturbate him, and the TV news reader has her own fantasy involving carp.

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Cait Mohr Profile picture for Cait Mohr

Crude but surprisingly not very lewd, Svankmajer’s Conspirators of Pleasure takes us through a cartoonishly perverse world of elaborate fetishes carried out with the utmost care and attention. I feel like the genius of this film lies in its conspicuous lack of sex appeal, all eroticism bled out through ridiculously elaborate, lengthy rituals, creating a veritable Rube Goldberg machine of sexuality. The paraphilias here seem almost Looney Toons-esque, something highlighted through Svankmajer’s expert use of stop-motion animation and claymation.

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