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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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Known For

Otesánek Director
(2000)
Faust Director
(1994)
Neco z Alenky Director
(1988)

Filmography

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 2018 Hmyz
 2005 Lunacy
 2000 Otesánek
 1994 Faust
 1993 Jídlo (Short)
 1989 Darkness Light Darkness (Short)
 1989 Flora (Short)
 1989 Zamilované maso (Short)
 1989 Animated Self-Portraits (Short)
 1988 Manly Games (Short)
 1988 Neco z Alenky
 1984 Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (Short)
 1983 Do pivnice (Short)
 1983 Moznosti dialogu (Short)
 1982 Zánik domu Usherú (Short)
 1977 Otrantský zámek (Short)
 1974 Leonarduv denik (Short)
 1971 Don Sajn (Short)
 1971 Tichý týden v dome (Short)
 1970 Kostnice (Documentary short)
 1969 Picknick mit Weismann (Short)
 1968 Byt (Short)
 1968 Zahrada (Short)
 1967 Historia Naturae, Suita (Short)
 1967 Et Cetera (Short)
 1967 Hra s kameny (Short)
 1967 Clovek a technika (Short)
 1966 Rakvickarna (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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (2010)] The collage technique I used in the film was essentially necessitated by economic problems. I thought that by using animated photos of actors, we could save money, both on the actors' fees and the transportation and set rental fees, because the entire process of filming could be moved into the studio. When the producer found the necessary ... See more »

Trivia:

Father of Václav Svankmajer.

Star Sign:

Virgo

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