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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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Greedy Guts Director
(2000)
Lesson Faust Director
(1994)
Alice Director
(1988)

Filmography

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 2018 Insect
 2007/I Jan Svankmajer
 2007/II Jan Svankmajer
 2005 Lunacy
 2000 Greedy Guts
 1994 Lesson Faust
 1993 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
 1984 Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (Short)
 1983 Do pivnice (Short)
 1983 Dimensions of Dialogue (Short)
 1982 Zánik domu Usherú (Short)
 1977 Castle of Otranto (Short)
 1974 Leonarduv denik (Short)
 1971 Jabberwocky (Short)
 1971 Don Sajn (Short)
 1971 Tichý týden v dome (Short)
 1970 The Ossuary (Documentary short)
 1969 Picknick mit Weismann (Short)
 1968 Byt (Short)
 1968 The Garden (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1967 Et Cetera (Short)
 1967 Hra s kameny (Short)
 1967 Clovek a technika (Short)
 1966 Punch and Judy (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:

Jan Svankmajer: Al
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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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