Les Jeux des Anges  

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"This haunting and oppressive animation -- a masterpiece of modern art -- represents a daring attempt to portray not the reality of the camps, but their atmosphere, the "weight" of infinite fear and unknown horror, the presence of continuous and unforeseeable death. Ironically described as a "reportage in the city of the angels", the surrealist-expressionist images (reminiscent of both Di Chirico and Beckmann) take the unwilling spectator on a journey through a nightmarish world of metaphysical terror. There are oppressive cells with ominous wall openings and pipes, indistinct torture instruments, misshapen torsos locked in brutal, endless struggle, executions, rivers of blood running in false colors. A unique and original work that aims at changing the viewer's consciousness by transporting him into an obsessively imaged recreation of what it must have been like." --Film As a Subversive Art (1974) by Amos Vogel on Les Jeux des Anges (1964)


"The music in this film is based on an original chant from the Polish concentration camps." --epigraph

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Les Jeux des Anges (1964, English: Angels' Games) is a short animation film by Walerian Borowczyk with music by Bernard Parmegiani.

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