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Jan Svankmajer

Date of Birth: Sep 4, 1934

Country: Czech Republic

Biography: One of the great Czech filmmakers, Jan Svankmajer was born in 1934 in Prague where he still lives. 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.

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Total Titles at Criticker: 35 - You've Seen 35

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Titles You've Ranked (35)
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Historia Naturae, Suita Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)  - Short Film
Summary: A eight-part animatied portrait of various species, accompanied by a different style of music. (imdb)
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Zahrada Zahrada (1968)  - Short Film
Summary: Frank visits his friend Josef, who introduces him to his pedigree rabbits and his wife Mary. Frank is more interested in the slightly unsettling fact that Josef and Mary's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands. Finally, Frank asks Josef how he manages to keep the fence together... (imdb)
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Animated Self-Portraits Animated Self-Portraits (1989)  - Short Film
Summary: An animated film compiled by David Ehrlich consisting of 27 animators from different countries all explaining themselves through their animation. (imdb)
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Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (1964)  - Short Film
Summary: Two magicians, Mr.Schwarzwald and Mr.Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending. (imdb)
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The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)  - Short Film
Summary: A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). (imdb)
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Flora Flora (1989)  - Short Film
Summary: half a minute on the fragility of existence with decomposing fruit
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)  - Short Film
Summary: A man plays the Bach piece of the title on the organ, accompanied by images of stone walls with cracks and holes that grow and shrink, intercut with images of doors and wire-meshed windows. (imdb)
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Do pivnice Do pivnice (1983)  - Short Film
Summary: 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. (imdb)
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Don Sanche Don Sanche (1970)  - Short Film
Summary: The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets. (imdb)
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Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)
Summary: The film uses a mix of cutout animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he meets another woman. (wikipedia)
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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Early Years Vol. 1 The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Early Years Vol. 1 (2003)
Summary: A collection of Jan Svankmajer's short films.
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Hmyz Hmyz (2018)
Summary: We are at a local pub in a small town. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They've met to rehearse "The Insect Play" by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations.
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Leonarduv denik Leonarduv denik (1972)  - Short Film
Summary: Animated drawings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci are intercut with seemingly unrelated (but in fact strangely similar) live-action scenes. (imdb)
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Another Kind of Love Another Kind of Love (1988)  - Short Film
Summary: A music video animated by Jan Svankmajer.
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Kostnice Kostnice (1970)  - Short Film
Summary: A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death). (imdb)
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Otrantský zámek Otrantský zámek (1977)  - Short Film
Summary: "The Castle of Otranto" is animation/short/mocumentary based on "The Castle of Otranto", a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole, the first Gothic novel. The novel takes place in Otranto in southern Italy. In Jan Svankmajer's mocumentary, the amateur archaeologist Dr Vozáb has set to prove that the supernatural ghost love story takes place not in Italy but in Otranto Castle near Nachod in Czechoslovakia. (imdb)
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Zánik domu Usheru Zánik domu Usheru (1981)  - Short Film
Summary: 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. (imdb)
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Tichý týden v dome Tichý týden v dome (1969)  - Short Film
Summary: A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms, each time seeing a different surreal vision... (imdb)
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Jídlo Jídlo (1992)  - Short Film
Summary: BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: After failing to catch the waiter's eye, two would-be diners end up eating everything within reach. DINNER: Portraits of various meals made up of human organs. (imdb)
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Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta (1971)  - Short Film
Summary: The action is set in a doll's house mock-up of a Victorian nursery. Cardboard figurines dance, china dolls consume each other, armies of tin soldiers are pummeled to dust by a porcelain baby whilst a large black cat weaves a pathway of destruction through the surrounding chaos. Jabberwocky celebrates childhood, but with its anarchic and violent imagery, it is no sugared idyll.
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Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1983)  - Short Film
Summary: In one of two adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories - the other was an adaptation of "The Fall of the House of Usher" - Jan Svankmajer puts his own spin on things. (IMDB Comments)
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Conspirators of Pleasure Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
Summary: Six outwardly average individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge with surreptitious care... (imdb)
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Lunacy Lunacy (2005)
Summary: The latest provocation from surrealist master Jan Svankmajer is based on two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and inspired by the works of the Marquis de Sade. Lunacy combines live action and stop-motion, sex and violence, grand guignol terror and gallows humor, and a lot of animated meat. (Zeitgeist Films)
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Faust Faust (1994)
Summary: A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments... (imdb)
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Alice Alice (1988)
Summary: A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice in Wonderland', mixing one live actor (Alice) with a huge variety of sinister animated puppets (imdb)
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Punch and Judy Punch and Judy (1966)  - Short Film
Summary: Two puppets, Punch and Judy, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig. (imdb)
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Meat Love Meat Love (1989)  - Short Film
Summary: 1-minute long stop motion animation.
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Picknick mit Weissmann Picknick mit Weissmann (1968)  - Short Film
Summary: In one of Jan Svankmajer's many mind-blowing, deliberately weird short films, a picnic consists of a suit sunbathing, a phonograph playing records, a shovel digging holes, and a camera taking pictures. (IMDB Comments)
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Muzné hry Muzné hry (1988)  - Short Film
Summary: A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade the spectator's flat... (imdb)
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Et Cetera Et Cetera (1966)  - Short Film
Summary: A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house. (imdb)
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Darkness/Light/Darkness Darkness/Light/Darkness (1989)  - Short Film
Summary: A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where. (imdb)
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Byt Byt (1968)  - Short Film
Summary: A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature. (imdb)
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A Game with Stones A Game with Stones (1965)  - Short Film
Summary: Shows stones dripping out of a faucet every quarter hour and doing a series of wacky dances, contortions, and whatnot. (IMDB Comments)
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Dimensions of Dialogue Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)  - Short Film
Summary: A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Exhaustive 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 'Factual Conversation' shows two animated heads playing a bizarre variant of the old scissors-paper-stone game. (imdb)
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Little Otik Little Otik (2000)
Summary: When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a stump 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 that of a normal child. (imdb)