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Films By Jan Svankmajer

ALICE (Jan Svankmajer, 1987)
Alice sits in her room surrounded by toys and reads Lewis Carroll's story, which transports her, too, into a Wonderland ... Jan Svankmajer, the Czech master of animation, has fulfilled a lifetime amb… Read more

Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist preoccupat… Read more

Darkness, Light, Darkness (Jan Svankmajer, 1989)
The latest offering from the great Czech animator proves that the original is always the best. ... "With this body, senses and existence, a being fills an empty room, but this existence is unsteady a… Read more

Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Jan Svankmajer, 1992)
A condensed imaginative survey of Czechoslova­kia's 42 years under communist rule-as seen through the eyes and mind of surrealist Jan Svankmajer. ... Read more

FAUST (Jan Svankmajer, 1994)
... ... A Faust for our uncertain times from one of the world's most original filmmakers and brilliant animators. Abandon objective logic when you enter the wonderful world of Jan Svankmajer and expe… Read more

Food (Jan Svankmajer, 1992)
Civilisation exists on the backs of starving mil­lions, but also at the expense of future genera­tions. Civilisation survives by stuffing itself at all costs with the cannibalising of culture… Read more

Game with Stones (Jan Svankmajer, 1965)
An animated film involving destructive stones. ... Read more

In The Cellar (Jan Svankmajer, 1983)
Live action and animation combine to depict little girls encounter with fear down in the cellar, producing suspenseful and fantastic results . . . Jan Svankmajer has been making animation films since… Read more

LITTLE OTIK (Jan Svankmajer, 2000)
With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console … Read more

LUNACY (Jan Svankmajer, 2005)
“What could be more natural than cult director Jan Svankmajer pairing the poetic twins of decadence, Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade? Combining live action with the Czech director's wondrou… Read more

Pendulum, The Pit and Hope (Jan Svankmajer, 1983)
Two tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Villiers de L'Isle Adam provided the inspiration for the story of human suffering and people's indomitable hope. The combined film method ... used and subtle art conc… Read more

The Apartment (Jan Svankmajer, 1968)
The film is meant as a warning against the mod­ern dependencies of people, very often the obiects of our daily life which surround us will change their characteristics and turn on us. ... Read more

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