Dimensions of Dialogue  

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Dimensions of Dialogue (Možnosti dialogu) is a 1982 Czechoslovak animated short film directed by Jan Švankmajer. It is 14 minute long and created with stop motion.

Plot

The animation is divided into three sections. "Factual conversation" (Dialog věcný) shows Arcimboldo-like heads gradually reducing each other to bland copies; "Passionate discourse" (Dialog vášnivý) shows a clay man and woman who dissolve into one another sexually, then quarrel and reduce themselves to a frenzied, boiling pulp; and "Exhaustive discussion" (Dialogu vyčerpávajícím) consists of two elderly clay heads who extrude various objects on their tongues (toothbrush and toothpaste; shoe and shoelaces, etc.) and intertwine them in various combinations.

Accolades

Dimensions of Dialogue won 3 major awards in 1983: the Grad Prix from the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, and the C.I.D.A.L.C. Award (Honorable Mention) from the Berlin International Film Festival. It was also selected by Terry Gilliam as one of the ten best animated films of all time.



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