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Punch and Judy (1966)

by Nicholas Sammond

The film opens with windup monkeys playing, and mechanically synchronized family scene. The short mainly focuses on the traditional puppet show characters Punch and Judy, however, as they fight to the death over the ownership of a live guinea pig.

This early Švankmajer animation involves several of his characteristic techniques. This includes the mix of live action and stop-motion animation, the brutal viscerality of the animated object, and the focus on tactile qualities. Overall the film opens up questions regarding the relationship between entertainment and violence. Furthermore, it asks viewers to question how the puppet operates in a world of animated material, and how agency and violence factor into this world and, by expansion, how they factor in ours.

Punch and Judy (1966)

The film opens with windup monkeys playing, and mechanically synchronized family scene. The short mainly focuses on the traditional puppet show characters Punch and Judy, however, as they fight to the death over the ownership of a live guinea pig.

from Punch and Judy (1966) (1966)
Creator: Jan Švankmajer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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