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Leonarduv denik (1974)

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

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writer:

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

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Release Date:

March 1975 (Italy) See more »

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Leonardo's Diary See more »

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Mono
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life and art imitate each other
16 March 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

One of Jan Švankmajer's lesser known shorts intersperses shots of Leonardo da Vinci's famous works with scenes from real life. I interpreted "Leonardův deník" ("Leonardo's Diary" in English) to mean that life and art will tend to imitate each other. Far from Švankmajer's surreal shorts in which clay figures contort themselves, this one makes sure to establish a link with our own world. One can see Švankmajer's works as an influence on Terry Gilliam's works. Probably Švankmajer's weirdest - but no less impressive - achievement was the 2000 movie "Little Otik", based on a children's story.

Anyway, this is a pretty good short. It won't be for everyone, but I recommend it.


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