Jan Svankmajer

  • Jan Danhel & Adam Olha – Athanor: The Alchemical Furnace (2020)

    Jan Danhel2011-2020Adam OlhaAnimationCzech RepublicDocumentary
    Athanor: The Alchemical Furnace (2020)
    Athanor: The Alchemical Furnace (2020)

    Jan Švankmajer at 85 years of age is one of the most prominent artists of European cinema. His work has inspired and guided generations of directors, and his work represents a sharp and merciless exploration of human nature which is entirely unique. When Švankmajer decided to stop filming after Insect (2018), his producer suggested that the creative processes which ferment within their film company Athanor should be preserved on film.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Kunstkamera (2022)

    2021-2030ArthouseCzech RepublicDocumentaryJan Svankmajer

    An astonishing array of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, objects and materials fill room after room – but this is not a museum open to the general public. It is the home of the celebrated artist couple Jan Svankmajer and his late wife Eva, situated in the Czech Republic’s Horni Stankov Castle.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Jídlo AKA Food (1992)

    1991-2000AnimationComedyCzech RepublicJan Svankmajer

    Examines the human relationship with food by showing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Do pivnice AKA Down to the Cellar (1983)

    1981-1990AnimationCzech RepublicFantasyJan Svankmajer

    A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Sílení AKA Lunacy (2005)

    2001-2010ArthouseCzech RepublicHorrorJan Svankmajer

    A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum – absolute freedom versus control and punishment – within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis’s estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He’s willing to enter a sanatorium because he believes he can rescue a young woman from there who has told him that the real director and staff of the clinic are locked in the basement. Jean conspires with her to set them free: the horrors have only begun.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Otesánek AKA Little Otik (2000)

    1991-2000Czech RepublicFantasyHorrorJan Svankmajer

    When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife’s pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) AKA Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)

    2001-2010Czech RepublicDramaFantasyJan Svankmajer

    Eugene, an aging man, leads a double life: one real – the waking life he spends in the company of his wife of many years, Milana – and the other in his dreams, his sleeping hours being devoted to a recurring evolving dream of a beautiful young woman, Evgenia. Seeking to perpetuate his dream life, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who attempts to provide an ongoing interpretation of his experiences. On the wall there are portraits of Freud and Jung, which become animated, alternately applauding, disapproving or fighting over her interpretations. The latest film from practising surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer is a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live action segments, combining real actors with their animated photographs, against black and white backdrops of photographed Czech buildings. Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Sílení AKA Lunacy (2005) (HD)

    2001-2010Czech RepublicHorrorJan SvankmajerPhilosophy

    IMDb wrote:
    A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may’ve predicted.

    The classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade are filtered through the creative mind of noted surrealist Jan Svankmajer in a philosophical horror film that probes the darkest depths of the human mind.Read More »

  • Jan Svankmajer – Lekce Faust AKA Faust (1994)

    1991-2000AnimationArthouseCzech RepublicJan Svankmajer

    …Faust was originally intended as a production for the Laterna magika theatre. Svankmajer describes it as a “variety collage” in which elements from Marlowe, Goethe, Christian Dietrich Grabbe, Gounod and the Czech folk puppet play (Kopecky) are all framed by the reality of contemporary Prague… The films hero, an ordinary man in a dirty raincoat, lives in a rundown flat in Prague. Here (as in Conspirators of Pleasure), it is noticeable that Svankmajer avoids any exotic images of “tourist Prague”, preferring nondescript streets and down-at-heel cafes serving nauseous food… Like Alice Faust moves from scene to scene and from one world to another but, this time, also from text to text, with a time out for the occasional cigarette or glass of beer.Read More »

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