Jan Švankmajer: Animation Shorts II

I am a great admirer of Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. I wish not to put a label to his work, but very often the tag ‘surrealism’ comes into play in describing his ‘super-real’ and very often, irreverent and thematically dark animation. Living and practicing his film craft throughout in his native Prague in the Czech Republic, Švankmajer’s vision of the world is uncoloured by chewing gum commercial imperatives. Which is, a good thing. Take a look.

clip from "Etcetera"

1. Et Cetera. (1966)

Дон Жуан - Don Šajn (1969)

2. Don Juan. (1970)

【Jan Švankmajer】陥し穴と振り子 Kyvadlo, jáma a naděje (1983年、The Pendulum )

3. The Pendulum, Pit and Hope (1983)

【Jan Švankmajer】対話の可能性 Možnosti dialogu (1982年、Dimensions of Dialogue)

4. Dimensions of Dialogue. (1982)

【Jan Švankmajer】地下室の怪 Do pivnice (1982年、Down to the Cellar )

5. Down to the Cellar. (1983)

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hilda
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hilda

wud lv to get an insight into his production processes…

J Prew
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J Prew

A master, undoubtedly. Many of us would not dare to put on screen what he does with such brilliance….!!

Debra
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Debra

He is too radical for commercial tv, never seen these aired anywhere.

vishal
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vishal

his claywork is very very impressive! i like the fact that keeps it as clay, instead of painting/coloring over

artist
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artist

eye openers, literally.

GN
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GN

I would to take a peek inside his mind! and maybe borrow some…!

Rupert E
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Rupert E

Jan is a much neglected genius,,,,,, glad someone is putting him up front.

Y Ahmed
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Y Ahmed

Somehwhere with these kind of movies, its important not to seek meaning but rather let the movie speak to you afterwards, if you know what I mean.

natarajan
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natarajan

Dimensions of Dialogue! :)

sumaira
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sumaira

i saw one of these much earlier, and now i know the director…dimensions of dialog is very brilliant. ty for all these wonderful shares…

Sujata G
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Sujata G

Obviously a very very talented man.

AP
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AP

will do anything to get a master class from d master. :)

Julian R
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Julian R

I seriously think Dimensions of Dialogue is one of the greatest movies ever made.

greentintedsixtiesmind
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greentintedsixtiesmind

wow this is quite a JS collections – thanks man.

Chiba
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Chiba

inventive and brilliant!

Tzvetan
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Tzvetan

DOD. Blew of mind.