Thursday, October 27, 2016

Art Star: Jan Švankmajer

b. September4, 1934 in Prague
Live and works in Prague

Jan Švankmajer trained at the Institute of Applied Arts from 1950 to 1954 and then at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (Department of Puppetry). He soon became involved in the Theatre of Masks and the famous Black Theatre, before entering the Laterna Magika Puppet Theatre where he first encountered film. 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.

Alice (Něco z Alenky) (1988)

Faust (Lekce Faust) (1994)

Conspirators of Pleasure (Spiklenci slasti) (1996)
Little Otik (Otesánek) (2000)
Lunacy (Šílení) (2005)
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)

The Last Trick (Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara) (1964)
A Game with Stones (Hra s kameny) (1965)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasy in G minor (Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll) (1965)
Punch and Judy, also known as The Coffin Factory and The Lynch House (Rakvičkárna) (1966)

Et Cetera (1966)
Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)
The Garden (Zahrada) (1968)
The Flat (Byt) (1968)
Picnic with Weissmann (Picknick mit Weissmann) (1968)
A Quiet Week in the House (Tichý týden v domě) (1969)
Don Juan (Don Šajn) (1969)
The Ossuary (Kostnice) (1970)
Jabberwocky (Žvahlav aneb šatičky slaměného Huberta) (1971)
Leonardo's Diary (Leonardův deník) (1972)
Castle of Otranto (Otrantský zámek) (1979)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Zánik domu Usherů) (1980)
Dimensions of Dialogue (Možnosti dialogu) (1982)
Down to the Cellar (Do pivnice) (1983)
The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope (Kyvadlo, jáma a naděje) (1983)
The Male Game, also known as Virile Games (Mužné hry) (1988)
Another Kind of Love (1988) - music video for Hugh Cornwell
Meat Love (Zamilované maso) (1988)

Darkness/Light/Darkness (Tma, světlo, tma) (1989)
Flora (1989)
Animated Self-Portraits (1989) - Švankmajer was one of 27 filmmakers who contributed to this portmanteau work
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Konec stalinismu v Čechách) (1990)
Food (Jídlo) (1992)


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