The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians 02/10/24

Deaf Crocodile / Vinegar Syndrome

What’s the Czech word for eccentric?  Oldrich Lipsk├Ż’s comic fantasy ribs 1890s thriller conventions in a story that combines gothic romance, sci-fi marvels and serial thrills. Welcome to the weird world of Czech filmmakers, and their affection for silly characters, low comedy and operatic delirium. We aren’t surprised that it was never imported . . . descriptions don’t suffice. Fans of Czech cinema magic will be hooked at the mention of the film’s special designer: Jan Svankmajer. On Blu-ray from Deaf Crocodile.