Carodejuv ucen / Krabat: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) [Re-UP]


Carodejuv ucen (1978)
A Film by Karel Zeman
DVD5 | ISO | NTSC 16:9 | 01:15:58 | 4,04 Gb
Audio: #1 Hungarian, #2 Czech, #3 German - AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps (each) | Subs: English, Hungarian
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner

Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Czech: Čarodějův učeň) is a 1978 Czechoslovakcutout animated dark fantasy film directed by Karel Zeman, based on the 1971 bookKrabat by Otfried Preußler, and the Sorbian folk tale upon which the book is based. The name Krabat is derived from the word Croat.

Krabat, a beggar boy in early 18th century Lusatia, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. Together with a number of other boys, he works at the sorcerer's mill under slave-like conditions while learning black magic, such as guising himself as araven and other animals. Every Christmas one of the boys has to face the master in a magical duel of life and death, where the boy never stands a chance because the master is the only person who is allowed to use his secret grimoire: The Koraktor, or the Force of Hell.

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KRABAT is one of the great undiscovered classics of world animation. Told in a stunning style that resembles classic woodcuts (but moving!), the story centers on a young man who is forced into apprenticeship to an unspeakably evil sorceror. Not only is the film absolutely stunning visually, but it's also by turns genuinely frightening, wonderfully melancholy and finally redemptive. As talented a filmmaker as Karel Zeman was, this film stands apart from his other work. When will this gem be made available to western viewers?!


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I saw this movie two years ago at a Zeman retrospective in Montreal and I was amazed. Not only was the story excellent, but who could have imagined that such an old movie from Czechoslovakia could be so well animated ? This is not Pixar, but there is a true master of animation at work here. I saw a couple of other movies from Zeman, but this was the best. Cross your fingers and hope your local art house shows this movie someday.


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At first, when I watch this film online (subtitled), I had confuse the title for the poem version by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that inspired French composer Paul Dukas for his famous musical piece with the same title. But really, the film is based on a book called The Satanic Mill by a Otfried Preußler and the Sorbian folk tale upon which the book is based. I thought the cutout animation is really good, it's like the illustrations of some ancient book come to life. Why, The National Film Board of Canada used that technique for their 1991 animated short, inspired by the legends of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest - Lord of the Sky.


Well anyway, the film is about Krabat, a beggar boy in early 18th century Lusatia, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. Together with a number of other boys, he works at the sorcerer's mill under slave-like conditions while learning black magic, such as guising himself as a raven and other animals. Every Christmas one of the boys has to face the master in a magical duel of life and death, where the boy never stands a chance because the master is the only person who is allowed to use his secret grimoire: The Koraktor, or the Force of Hell.


One Easter while performing an annual ritual near a small village, Krabat meets a girl (whom he dubbed the "Kantorka" or "The girl who sings") and falls in love, but has to keep the romance secret in order to protect her. After witnessing his friends one after one being helplessly slaughtered by the master every Christmas, Krabat starts to sneak up at night to study the forbidden book. On the last page of the book, Krabat finds a phrase saying: "Love is stronger than any spell."


That's all I could tell you folks, you will have to see the film for yourself how it ends, and overall; I enjoy this dark-fantasy film. And one thing I should tell, is that watching this film is my first glimpse at animation from Czechoslovakia.
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Special Features:
- Karacsonyi Alom - featurette (10:48, Score w/o any langs)


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