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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 multimedium productions ... See full bio »

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Known For

Greedy Guts Director
(2000)
Faust Director
(1994)
Alice Director
(1988)
Surviving Life Director
(2010)

Filmography

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 2022 Kunstkamera (Documentary)
 2018 Insect
 2005 Lunacy
 2000 Greedy Guts
 1994 Faust
 1993 L'Oeil du cyclone (TV Series documentary short) (segment director - 1 episode)
- Courts de cuisine (1993) ... (segment director)
 1992 Food (Short)
 1989 Darkness/Light/Darkness (Short)
 1989 Flora (Short)
 1989 Meat Love (Short)
 1989 Animated Self-Portraits (Short)
 1988 Manly Games (Short)
 1988 Alice
 1983 Down to the Cellar (Short)
 1983 Dimensions of Dialogue (Short)
 1977 The Castle of Otranto (Short)
 1974 Leonardo's Diary (Short)
 1971 Jabberwocky (Short)
 1971 Don Juan (Short)
 1970 The Ossuary (Documentary short)
 1969 A Quiet Week in the House (Short)
 1969 Picnic with Weissmann (Short)
 1968 The Flat (Short)
 1968 The Garden (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1967 Clovek a technika (Short)
 1966 Et Cetera (Short)
 1966 Punch and Judy (Short)
 1965 A Game with Stones (Short)
 1964 The Last Trick (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:

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Spouse:

Eva Svankmajerová  (her death)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on surrealism] André Breton would not say "Surrealistic painting", he would say "Surrealism in painting". In the same way, I speak of Surrealism in film. Surrealism is psychology, it is philosophy, it is a spiritual way, but it is not an aesthetic. Surrealism is not interested in actually creating any kind of aesthetic. See more »

Trivia:

Father of Václav Svankmajer. See more »

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