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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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 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)
 1971 A Quiet Week in the House (Short)
 1970 The Ossuary (Documentary short)
 1969 Picnic with Weissmann (Short)
 1968 The Flat (Short)
 1968 The Garden (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1967 Et Cetera (Short)
 1967 Clovek a technika (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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Personal Quote:

[on main theme of his films] The film Lunacy (2005), but also The Garden (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 »

Trivia:

Father of Václav Svankmajer.

Star Sign:

Virgo

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