Hoopbound: Hooptober 2
Bonus Anniversary Film
Eastern Europeans portray dilapidation better than anyone else. I’ve seen other filmmakers get close, but the surreal, entropy-laden scenes of films like The Hourglass Sanitarium, Stalker, and Jan Švankmajer’s Alice exist in worlds all their own. The Beast’s castle in this film is so much more interesting and haunting than those of us raised on Disney might expect.
This 1978 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast rivals Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, and I didn’t think that would be possible. With Panna a netvor, they create a more mature version of the tale, but it avoids going too dark or exploitative. Don’t misunderstand, I love a good nightmare as much as anyone, but I appreciate…