Jan Svankmajer

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1. The Last Trick of Mr. Schwarcewallde and Mr. Edgar (1964)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 781

2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)

Not Rated | 10 min | Animation, Short, Music

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.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 683

3. Hra s kameny (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 882

4. Punch and Judy (1966)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Nad'a Munzarová, Jirí Procházka, Bohuslav Srámek

Votes: 878

5. Et Cetera (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 801

6. Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)

9 min | Animation, Short

An eight-part portrait of animal species in the different biological classes, accompanied by a different style of music. Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 633

7. The Garden (1968)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama

Josef shows his friend Frank his garden and his rabbits. Frank is most interested in the unsettling fact that Josef's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jirí Hálek, Ludek Kopriva, Míla Myslíková, Václav Borovicka

Votes: 569

8. Picknick mit Weismann (1969)

11 min | Animation, Short

Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 737

9. Byt (1968)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ivan Kraus, Juraj Herz

Votes: 1,488

10. Tichý týden v dome (1971)

20 min | Animation, Short

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...

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Václav Borovicka

Votes: 673

11. The Ossuary (1970)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death).

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 681

12. Don Sajn (1971)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Frantisek Filipovský

Votes: 395

13. Jabberwocky (1971)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,165

14. Leonarduv denik (1974)

12 min | Animation, Short

Animated drawings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci are intercut with seemingly unrelated (but in fact strangely similar) live-action scenes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 433

15. Castle of Otranto (1977)

Not Rated | 17 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A mockumentary-style adaptation of the gothic 1764 novel of the same name, which includes Terry Gilliam-like animations throughout.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Milos Frýba, Jaroslav Vozáb

Votes: 427

16. Zánik domu Usherú (1982)

15 min | Animation, Short, Horror

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Petr Cepek

Votes: 634

17. Dimensions of Dialogue (1983)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,590

18. Do pivnice (1983)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko

Votes: 870

19. Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Jan Zácek

Votes: 820

20. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,504

21. Manly Games (1988)

Not Rated | 14 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Miroslav Kuchar

Votes: 1,003

22. Hugh Cornwell: Another Kind of Love (1988 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Music

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

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Hugh Cornwell

Votes: 495

23. Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,987

24. Animated Self-Portraits (1989)

8 min | Animation, Short

An animated film compiled by David Ehrlich consisting of 19 animators from different countries all explaining themselves through their animation.

Directors: Jirí Barta, Sally Cruikshank, Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo, David Ehrlich, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Renzo Kinoshita, Pavel Koutský, Candy Kugel, Mati Kütt, Nikola Majdak, Josko Marusic, Bill Plympton, Priit Pärn, Maureen Selwood, Jan Svankmajer, Osamu Tezuka, Riho Unt, Hardi Volmer, Dusan Vukotic

Votes: 210

25. Meat Love (1989)

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Two pieces of meat fall in love.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,883

26. Flora (1989)

1 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The last moments of a creature made out of fruits and vegetables.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,108

27. The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

10 min | Animation, Short

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). Some ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,097

28. Food (1993)

17 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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: ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus, Pavel Marek

Votes: 2,585

29. Lesson Faust (1994)

97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla, Antonin Zacpal

Votes: 3,268

30. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Six people unknowingly form a cycle of masturbation as they each cause others to privately indulge in their fetishes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Meissel, Gabriela Wilhelmová, Barbora Hrzánová, Anna Wetlinská

Votes: 2,953

31. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root 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 a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $0.12M

32. Lunacy (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,267 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)

109 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

The film uses a mix of cut-out 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 is married to another woman.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová, Daniela Bakerová

Votes: 1,143

34. Insect (2018)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

Amateur actors rehearsing "Pictures from the Insects' Life". The actors find themselves living out their characters' roles and hallucinating insects. "Insects", is intercut with the ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Budar, Pavel Nový, Jirí Lábus, Norbert Lichý

Votes: 325



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