Jan Svankmajer

Jan Svankmajer – Dimensions of Dialogue (1983)

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A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. ‘Factual Discussion’ depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly devouring and regurgitating each other. ‘Passionate Discourse’ shows two clay figures romantically intertwined, and the problems with dealing with the end product of their passion, while ‘Exhaustive Discussion’ shows two animated heads playing a bizarre variant of the old scissors-paper-stone game. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Byt AKA The Flat (1968)

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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.
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Jan Svankmajer – Zánik domu Usheru AKA Fall of the House of Usher (1982)

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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother’s senses have become painfully acute, while his sister has become nearly catatonic. As the visitor’s stay at the mansion continues, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax, and he must choose between his concern for his hosts’ safety, and his own. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – The Castle of Otranto (1977)

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Jan Svankmajer – Leonarduv denik AKA Leonardo’s Diary (1972)

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Animated drawings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci are intercut with seemingly unrelated (but in fact strangely similar) live-action scenes. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta AKA Jabberwocky (1971)

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Lewis Carroll’s poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat. Read More »

Jan Svankmajer – Don Sajn AKA Don Juan (1970)

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The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets. Read More »