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Jan Svankmajer

After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions ... See full bio »
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 2005 Lunacy
 2000 Greedy Guts
 1994 Lesson Faust
 1993 Jídlo (Short)
 1989 Flora (Short)
 1989 Meat Love (Short)
 1989 Animated Self-Portraits (Short)
 1989 Darkness Light Darkness (Short)
 1988 Another Kind of Love (Short)
 1988 Manly Games (Short)
 1988 Alice
 1984 Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (Short)
 1983 Do pivnice (Short)
 1983 Dimensions of Dialogue (Short)
 1982 Zánik domu Usheru (Short)
 1977 Castle of Otranto (Short)
 1972 Leonarduv denik (Short)
 1970 Don Sajn (Short)
 1970 The Ossuary (Documentary short)
 1969 Tichý týden v dome (Short)
 1968 Byt (Short)
 1968 Picknick mit Weismann (Short)
 1968 The Garden (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1966 Et Cetera (Short)
 1966 Rakvickarna (Short)
 1965 Hra s kameny (Short)
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Directed the music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another Kind of Love".

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[on Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)] The collage technique I used in the film was essentially necessitated by economic problems. I thought that by using animated photos of actors, we could save money, both on the actors' fees and the transportation and set rental fees, because the entire process of filming could be moved into the studio. When the producer found the necessary funds for... See more »


Father of Václav Svankmajer.

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