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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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Otesánek Director
Faust Director
Neco z Alenky
Neco z Alenky Director


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 2018 Hmyz
 2005 Lunacy
 2000 Otesánek
 1994 Faust
 1993 Jídlo (Short)
 1989 Flora (Short)
 1989 Animated Self-Portraits (Short)
 1989 Manly Games (Short)
 1989 Darkness Light Darkness (Short)
 1989 Zamilované maso (Short)
 1988 Neco z Alenky
 1984 Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (Short)
 1984 Otrantský zámek (Short)
 1983 Do pivnice (Short)
 1983 Moznosti dialogu (Short)
 1982 Zánik domu Usherú (Short)
 1974 Leonarduv denik (Short)
 1971 Don Sajn (Short)
 1971 Tichý týden v dome (Short)
 1970 Kostnice (Documentary short)
 1969 Picknick mit Weismann (Short)
 1968 Byt (Short)
 1968 Zahrada (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1967 Et Cetera (Short)
 1967 Hra s kameny (Short)
 1967 Clovek a technika (Short)
 1966 Rakvickarna (Short)
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Other Works:

Directed the music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another Kind of Love".

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

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[on main theme of his films] The film Lunacy (2005), but also Zahrada (1968) and Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), is mainly about freedom. It seems to me that the way civilization is evolving, the theme of freedom is becoming the only theme for which it still makes sense to sit down and create art. Though, I prefer the word "freeing" to the word "freedom" because it is a never-ending process. See more »


Father of Václav Svankmajer.

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