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The Animator of Prague (1990)

The life of Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist animator, filmmaker and artist whose work inspired other influential filmmakers like Terry Gilliam. Working under Communist regime was a blessing and a curse for a creative young artist.

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The life of Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist animator, filmmaker and artist whose work inspired other influential filmmakers like Terry Gilliam. Working under Communist regime was a blessing and a curse for a creative young artist.

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animating under Stalinism
9 November 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

James Marsh's documentary "The Animator of Prague" is a look at Czech cartoonist Jan Švankmajer. Švankmajer talks about not only animation as an art form, but also about having to work in Czechoslovakia back in the days when it was still under Soviet occupation. Prior to watching the documentary, I had never realized that there was any political content to his cartoons (except "The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia"). But, as Švankmajer notes, many of the images that he shows might not make sense to anyone in 50 or 100 years.

Anyway, if you've never seen any of his cartoons, you definitely should. They're some of the most impressive things out there.


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