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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Later Years Vol. 2 (2003)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy | Video 10 June 2003
Compilation of animated and other shorts by Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist filmmaker and artist whose work often inspired filmmakers, including Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay.

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Credited cast:
Monika Belo-Cabanová Monika Belo-Cabanová ... Little Girl
Olga Vronská Olga Vronská ... Old Woman (as Ol'ga Vronská)
Aleksandr Letko Aleksandr Letko ... Old Man
Jan Zácek Jan Zácek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef Fiala Josef Fiala ... Eater
Bedrich Glaser Bedrich Glaser ... Eater
Karel Hamr Karel Hamr ... Eater
Jaromír Kallista Jaromír Kallista ... Eater
Jan Kraus ... Eater
Pavel Marek Pavel Marek ... Eater
Jan Svankmajer ... Himself
Ludvík Sváb Ludvík Sváb ... Eater
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Compilation of animated and other shorts by Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist filmmaker and artist whose work often inspired filmmakers, including Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay.

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18 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The short films of Jan Svankmajer are very unusual to say the least. Using what are often everyday objects and rubbish, he is able to create some amazingly bizarre stop-motion films. Each is very creative but some are so creepy that I am not sure they are for everyone's taste. However, I love the films and recommend you see them as soon as possible.

In this second disc from "The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer", you see his later films--that is, later but not including his more recent ones. As far as I could tell, there is no collection featuring his more recent films. Compared to disc one, this collection is more interesting--and more weird. In fact, every one of them is well worth seeing--even the couple that are under a minute long. Exceptionally well animated and never dull--this collection is a must-see for anyone who likes international animations.


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