Monday, August 02, 2010
First released: 1987
The Last Theft, or Poslední Lup, is a short film – roughly 20 minutes in length and is by Czech director Jirí Barta – who is known for his animations. This film is odd, therefore, as Barta used live action but filmed it using various techniques that made it seem, in parts, like an animation. This offers the film a jerkiness and whilst the description might seem negative it is anything but. The film has an otherworldly quality mixed with Gothic sensibilities that offers a palpable atmosphere and a feel that the film has stepped out of a time long gone – though the final scene confirms we are in a contemporary world. The film does all this without a single line of dialogue.
I am afraid that I am going to completely spoil this – though the pay off is spoilt already, given that I am reviewing the short.
Now, I know I have spoilt this entirely but I hope I have conveyed some of the atmosphere I felt as I watched the film. It is well worth catching for yourself and I have watched through the short several times now and it never ceases to impress. 8 out of 10. The imdb page is here.