Critics' choice! "An epic in its own right... distinctive and heady, a worthy heir to such cult animations as Fantastic Planet and Heavy Traffic" -Chicago Reader
If anyone could have any claims on adapting Hungary's best-known drama into a feature-length animated film, it is Marcell Jankovics, Hungary's best-known living animator. The Tragedy of Man tells the epic and bleak story of human progress, from the Garden of Eden to a chilling humanoid future.
Based on Imre Madách's eponymous play (considered one of the great works of Hungarian literature), it takes place over the course of one very long dream, as Adam, Eve and Lucifer, the co-creator of the world (in his opinion!) visit the world's great civilizations at the height of their power, only to watch humanity's noblest hopes and dreams end in disaster. In each period, all of these dreams are exposed as being futile, flawed, or unattainable, as we bear witness to a journey which is always interesting, visually stimulating, but never pretty. The kaleidoscopic nature of these stories are varied and remarkable as Jankovics spent 30 years making this film, and by creating distinct styles for each individual segment, he has made a visually-rich tapestry that's sure to stir the imagination.
Directed by Marcell Jankovics, 2011, Hungary, 160 mins. In Hungarian, English, French and Russian with English subtitles.