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  Jan Svankmajer Short Films
Jan Svankmajer is best known for his four features, Alice, Faust, Conspirators Of Pleasure and Little Otik.
Svankmajer silently captures every angle of the crypt in East Bohemia's Sedlec Church, containing sculptures, coats of arms and even a chandelier made from the bones of plague victims displaced from its graveyard.
When Svankmajer was allowed to resume his career during the late 1970's and the 1980's, he made politically uncontroversial versions of The Castle Of Otranto, a Gothic classic, and of two of Edgar Allen Poe's best known tales, The Fall Of The House Of Usher and The Pit And The Pendulum.
www.thecontext.com /docsi/2882.html   (905 words)

 The Wager of a Militant Surrealist On Jan Svankmajer's The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia
In 1990, the year after the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia, Jan Svankmajer made The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia and subtitled it "A work of Agitprop." As these titles plainly demonstrate, it is the most political of all his films, attempting an overview of his country's history after the Second World War.
Svankmajer considers the film to be a kind of "catharsis," stating that he wanted to rid himself of the tension accumulated during the past forty years of his life spent under Stalinism.
Svankmajer recognizes that Stalinism in its many guises is just one symptom of contemporary civilization, a civilization he believes that art must attack at its roots.
src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp /publictn/45/akatsuka/akatsuka-E.html   (1209 words)

 Cinematexas 2001 Jan Svankmajer Shorts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Svankmajer made his first film in 1964 and for over thirty years has made some of the most memorable and unique animated films ever made, influencing filmmakers from Tim Burton to The Brothers Quay.
Svankmajer has moved further away from his roots in animation towards live-action filmmaking, though his vision remains as strikingly surreal and uncannily inventive as ever.
Svankmajer's first adaptation of Lewis Carroll's world is a magical film in which "the inanimate becomes animate, with the pace and constancy of the film’s animation creating a sort of delirium in which the objects are free to act out their innermost desires." (Simon Field, Monthly Film Bulletin)
www.cinematexas.org /old/svankmajer.html   (1031 words)

 The Surrealist Conspirator: An Interview With Jan Svankmajer
Svankmajer was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1934, coincidentally the very same year that the Czech Surrealist Group was formed, an organization with which he is very involved.
I asked Svankmajer for his reaction to receiving this Persistence of Vision award, to which he replied that he liked the name of the award, and added "I am happy to accept this, because it is not a government award.
Jan Svankmajer at the San Francisco International Film Festival, May 1997.
www.awn.com /mag/issue2.3/issue2.3pages/2.3jacksonsvankmajer.html   (3442 words)

 Jan Svankmajer Short Films 1979-1992
The films of Jan Svankmajer during this period are considerably more sophisticated than his series from1964-1972; this is not meant as a criticism but rather an observation of the growth of his talent.
Jan Svankmajer has been around a long time and I'd say a great pleasure I've had this year as a movie critic is making this belated discovery.
Svankmajer is exceptionally skilled at knowing how to illustrate the complex topics of love, fear and war without melodrama.
www.reelmoviecritic.com /2000/id1095.htm   (712 words)

 INTERVIEW: Cinematic Alchemist; Jan Svankmajer discusses "Little Otik"
Svankmajer: I conduct a dialogue through the obsessions I have been bearing since childhood, which are not possible to keep pent-up.
Svankmajer: During my childhood, the cellar was one of the most terrifying places for me. Every time my mother asked me to fetch potatoes or coal from the cellar, my knees shook with fear.
Svankmajer: My creative work is not didactic, nor is it an attempt to make the viewer a better person.
www.indiewire.com /people/int_Svankmajer_Jan_020108.html   (1165 words)

Svankmajer’s latest is a disturbing domestic fairy tale about a childless couple, Bozena (Veronika Zilkova) and Karel (Jan Hartl), who literally go against nature to have a baby.
Svankmajer’s first feature uses Lewis Carroll’s famous story as a framework for a nightmarish journey into a world of childhood terrors, populated with stuffed rabbits, sock worms, Victorian dollhouses and more.
Conceived by Svankmajer in the 1960’s (but blocked by outraged Czech authorities), CONSPIRATORS follows six seemingly-normal residents of Prague as they engage in ornate sexual fantasies: stuffing their ears and nostrils with bread balls, conducting bizarre ceremonies with roosters and carp, constructing giant paper-mache heads out of porno mags.
www.americancinematheque.com /archive1999/2001/svankmajer.htm   (1179 words)

 Jan Svankmajer
Svankmajer is a maker of consistently surprising, wildly imaginative cinema.
A lack of funding and the repressive Czech communist regime limited his output in the first twenty years of his career to a series of delightfully warped shorts, and it is only through his recent features that he has become better known.
A lifelong surrealist and staunch defender of personal freedoms, his films are dreamlike (often nightmarish), replete with fl humour, and challenge conventional wisdoms.
www.thecontext.com /docs/2871.html   (91 words)

 Czech Directors - Jan Svankmajer
Jan Svankmajer, the Czech master of animation, has fulfilled a lifetime ambition in this interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.
Although largely a live-action film, Jan Svankmajer's strange, otherworldly depiction of the bizarre, solitary sexual activities of six people is very much in the spirit of his surreal, stop-motion animated films Alice and Faust.
Jan Svankmajer's long-awaited follow-up to his acclaimed Alice is an equally bizarre version of the myth of Dr. Faustus.
www.multilingualbooks.com /foreignvids-czech-svankmajer.html   (712 words)

 Re-animating the Lost Objects d'Childhood and the Everyday: Jan Svankmajer
Svankmajer's work shows him to be deeply attached/connected to the history of his place, his country, in a way that keeps him to true to himself.
Svankmajer has said that in this film, objects "act out, in condensed form, the process we are witnessing in this particular stage of civilisation, the passage from differentiation to uniformity".
Svankmajer intuits that these magical relationships are embedded in the natural and everyday discarded objects that we encountered in childhood and move past every day.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/cteq/01/14/svankmajer.html   (1104 words)

 The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, Volumes One and Two - PopMatters Film Review
Jan Svankmajer's films, surreal transformations of everyday objects into living creatures, are intensely visceral.
Such is Svankmajer's magic, that the most ordinary objects and people can be imbued with lilting strangeness, with action and agency, with personality, and with deeply rooted cultural observations.
It is not the symbols onscreen that constitute Svankmajer's theses, but, in Soviet montage fashion, the way that audiences put the symbols together to comprehend "big" issues: love, death, language, and isolation.
popmatters.com /film/reviews/c/collected-shorts-of-jan-svankmajer.shtml   (1534 words)

 Amazon.ca: Faust (1994): DVD: Ernst Gossner,Jan Svankmajer,Josef Chodora,Viktorie Knotková,Rudolf Ruzek,Martin ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jan Svankmajer's long awaited follow up to his acclaimed "Alice" is an equally astounding version of the myth of Dr. Faustus.
Svankmajer also does a marvelous job of finding the evil horror in the everyday; the minions that initially lure Faust to his encounters with Mephistopheles are both ridiculously common and frightening.
Jan Svankajer's feature film follow up to his masterpiece Alice is a rather free interpretation of the classic and often referenced tale of Faust.
www.amazon.ca /Faust-Ernst-Gossner/dp/6305557144   (1445 words)

 Morphizm.com -- It's Alive!: Jan Svankmajer's Little Otik
Svankmajer, who mines some of the same fl-comic territory as the Brothers Quay, started working with stop-animation shorts in the 1960s but has turned increasingly to features that mingle live action with startling animation effects.
Svankmajer, who’s credited with story, screenplay, and direction, uses this narrative as a springboard for a genre-busting masterpiece about the perils of parenthood and what can happen to those who don’t leave well enough alone with the status quo nature has determined.
In a dreamy sequence, Alzbetka reads the fairy tale on which the film is based, and the screen is filled with fanciful folk art showing the pathetic couple, their adoption of the stump, and its progress from fake-baby enriching their empty lives to towering monster devouring them.
www.morphizm.com /recommends/littleotik.html   (824 words)

 dOc DVD Review: The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: Volume 1 (1965-1980)
While primarily known for his stop-motion animation, Svankmajer is accomplished in directing live actors as well as painting, sculpting, and static artwork.
Another one of Svankmajer's breathtaking masterpieces, this short sees a strange, voyeuristic man break into an old, dilapidated house where he proceeds, for one week, to spy on various rooms.
Although Svankmajer has given birth to another generation of filmmakers (the work of the Brothers Quay bears his influence), he remains the creator of a distinct movement that approached animation from a whole different perspective.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=4892   (1163 words)

 Zeitgeist Films | Jan Svankmajer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
One of the great Czech filmmakers, Jan Svankmajer was born in 1934 in Prague where he still lives.
In 1970 he met his wife, the surrealist painter Eva Svankmajerova, and the late Vratislav Effenberger, the leading theoretician of the Czech Surrealist Group, which Svankmajer joined and of which he still remains a member.
Svankmajer made his first film in 1964 and for over thirty years has made some of the most memorable and unique animated films ever made, gaining a reputation as one of the world’s foremost animators, and influencing filmmakers from Tim Burton to The Brothers Quay.
www.zeitgeistfilms.com /directors/jsvankmajer   (204 words)

 Zeitgeist Films | Jan Svankmajer
Vratislav Effenberger, “Svankmajer on The Fall of the House of Usher.” Trans.
Jan Uhde, “The bare bones of horror: Jan Svankmajer’s Kostnice (The Ossuary, 1970).” Kinoeye vol.
Simeona Hosková and Kveta Otcovská, eds., Jan Svankmajer: Transmutation of the Senses.
www.zeitgeistfilms.com /directors/jsvankmajer/links.htm   (775 words)

 kamera.co.uk - interview - A Quick Chat with Jan Svankmajer and Eva Svankmajerova by Jason Wood
Jan Svankmajer: I first started work on this particular myth in the middle of the 1980's when I wrote a story based on the myth.
I gave the story to Jan to read and he liked it and was able to incorporate it into the wider fabric of the film.
Jan is lovely to work with and to be honest I would not want to work with any other director.
www.kamera.co.uk /interviews/svankmayer_svankmajerova.html   (1753 words)

 DVD Empire - Item - Jan Svankmajer's Alice / DVD-Video
Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.
Svankmajer's Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but bears the stamp of his own distinctive style and obsessions.
Also included is Svankmajer's celebrated short film, Darkness Light Darkness, where a man literally constructs himself within the confines of a very small room -- a potent allegory of Svankmajer's life in Eastern Eurpose.
www.dvdempire.com /Exec/v4_item.asp?item_id=11715   (218 words)

 Kinoeye | Jan Svankmajer: The Czech surrealist director online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jan Uhde looks at a "horror documentary" shot in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion.
A Prague gallery owned by Jan and Eva Švankmajer dealing in surrealist art, art brut and other artforms that fit in with the Švankmajer philosophy.
On Jan Švankmajer's The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia
www.kinoeye.org /02/01/svankmajerlinks01.php   (828 words)

 Amazon.com: Alice: DVD: Kristýna Kohoutová,Camilla Power,Jan Svankmajer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Czech animator Jan Svankmajer retains the familiar story elements but tweaks them with bizarre imagery brought to herky-jerky life with his spasmodic style of stop-motion animation.
Jan Svankmajer is a very clever animator and director.
Jan Svankmajer - Director, Lewis Carroll - Writer, Jan Svankmajer - Writer, Hannes Bressler - Producer (associate producer), Peter-Christian Fueter - Producer (producer), Keith Griffiths - Producer (executive producer), Michael Havas - Producer (executive producer), Paul Madden - Producer (associate producer)...
www.amazon.com /Alice-Jan-Svankmajer/dp/6305779635   (1801 words)

 dOc DVD Review: The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: Volume 2 (1982-1992)
Astonishingly brilliant live-action short in which Svankmajer takes a simple childhood fear (going into a creepy, dark basement) and turns it into a virtual gauntlet of surreal terrors for a young girl sent to fetch some potatoes.
While Svankmajer's brief introduction to a more mainstream audience with his Art Break films made his name a bit more recognizable, his work here still retains all of the qualities that made his earlier films so enjoyable.
There's a gallery of Svankmajer's artwork, including his fascinating cabinet installations (many of which are dioramas of fictional animals created by putting together various bones).
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=4978   (1128 words)

 The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, Vol. 2 - The Later Years   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
For the past forty years, Jan Svankmajer (Alice, Little Otik) has been hailed as one of cinema's most consistently surprising, wildly imaginative and remarkable surrealists of our time.
Utilizing a delirious combination of puppets, humans, stop-motion animation and live action, Svankmajer's films conjure up a dreamlike universe that is at once dark, macabre, witty and perversely visceral.
Unfortunately, a good number of shorts by Svankmajer are not included on either DVD and Image Entertainment is not planning to release them.
www.lomovie.com /animation/by_animator/movies_1398.html   (596 words)

 JAN SVANKMAJER at Film Forum in New York City
Czech animator-extraordinaire, Jan Svankmajer, reinterprets the Faustian legend using puppets, clay, and various other kinds of 3-dimensional animation, in his first feature since ALICE, his critically acclaimed adaptation of Lewis Carroll.
The filmmaker's dark vision begins on the streets of Prague as an ordinary commuter seals his fate by accepting a handbill as he exits the subway.
Svankmajer draws upon texts by Goethe, Marlowe and Grabbe, as well as popular folk interpretations.
www.filmforum.org /archivedfilms/faust.html   (703 words)

 "Alice, a Czechoslavakian film of Alice In Wonderland by Jan Svankmajer."
his unusual film was made by Jan Svankmajer and combines live action with puppet animation.
Svankmajer adheres pretty much to the Lewis Carroll story but, be warned, the treatment and imagery is quite disturbing, and isn't really for smaller children.
This is going too far, and she shakes the mouse back into the water who swims off in a huff.
www.alice-in-wonderland.fsnet.co.uk /film_tv_neco.htm   (563 words)

 Jan Svankmajer: The Prodigious Animator from Prague
The British film critic Julian Petley calls him, along with the Polish directors Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk, "...one of the key animators to have emerged in Eastern Europe since the war."
Born in 1934, the sixty-years-old director embarked on his filmmaking career in 1964; since then, he has made more than twenty films, mostly shorts.
This film was awarded Grand Prix, and Prix FIPRESCI at the prestigious festival in Annecy, the Golden Bear and Jury Award in the short film category at the Berlin Film Festival, Prize for Direction at Mannheim, and festival prizes in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
www.kinema.uwaterloo.ca /jusva941.htm   (3324 words)

 The Jan Svankmajer Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
His sets are usually decaying Czech buildings or landscapes, decorated with waste of the industrial age: rotting furniture, rusty nails, sawdust, oily screws, and the like.
His work includes Jan Svankmajer's Alice, many short films, and most recently the feature-length Faust.
His many admirers/students include the more famous Brothers Quay, who named one of their films after him: The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer.
www.awn.com /heaven_and_hell/svank/svank1.htm   (191 words)

 The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The expressionist, stop-motion puppet work is perfectly suited to tell the story of Svankmajer's own surreal film-making.
Split into several sections, the puppets (one expressing Svankmajer himself) act out the scenes, with maze-like, unidentifiable sets, dancing pins and a mesmerising soundtrack.
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer is a marvellous short, particularly of interest to fans of Svankmajer himself.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0087016   (259 words)

 Communications From Elsewhere » Blog Archive » Jan Svankmajer
I think more people should be familiar with the works of Jan Svankmajer.
I am currently writing my disertation on Jan Svankmajer and screen his works at a weekly animation night I hold at my college.
If you have something to say that isn't directly related to the topic of this page ("Jan Svankmajer"), please say it on the page specifically for that, not here.
www.elsewhere.org /journal/archives/2001/10/03/jan-svankmajer   (263 words)

 WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Jan Svankmajer's Food Trilogy (videos)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
If you've got the stomach for a heavy dose of gastronomic surrealism, here is Czech animator Jan Svankmajer three part movie called Food (Jidlo).
Svankmajer made it in 1992, employing his trademark stop motion techniques with human actors and clay prosthetics.
Jan Svanmajers Food Trilogy Animation WFMUs Beware of the Blog web site has a great post, along with YouTube video clip links, for Jan Svanmajers strange stop motion animation trilogy Food.
blog.wfmu.org /freeform/2006/07/jan_svankmajers.html   (525 words)

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