New Wave and Neo-Avantgarde Cinema Film Club: Jan Švankmajer, the Czech surrealist animator

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March 13, 2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
New Wave and Neo-Avantgarde Cinema Film Club: Jan Švankmajer, the Czech surrealist animator

New Wave and Neo-Avantgarde Cinema Film Club presents:

Jan Švankmajer, the Czech surrealist animator


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THE GARDEN (1968, B&W, 19')
THE OSSUARY (1970, black & white, 10')
CASTLE OF OTRANTO (1973-79, color, 17')
MANLY GAMES (1988, color, 12')
THE DEATH OF STALINISM IN BOHEMIA (1990, color, 11')

All in original Czech with English subtitles. 

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Jan Švankmajer is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, and many others. An early influence on his later artistic development was a puppet theatre. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish, and yet somehow funny pictures. Today Švankmajer is one of the most celebrated animators in the world. Among his best known works are the feature films Alice (1988), Faust (1994), Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), Little Otik (2000) and Lunacy (2005), a surreal comic horror based on two works of Edgar Allan Poe and the life of Marquis de Sade. The two stories by Poe, "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Premature Burial", provide Lunacy its thematic focus, whereas the life of Marquis de Sade provides the film's blasphemy. Also famous (and much imitated) is the short Dimensions of Dialogue (1982), selected by Terry Gilliam as one of the ten best animated films of all time. His films have been called "as emotionally haunting as Kafka's stories. His latest film is Surviving Life from 2010.

The screening is related to the Approaches to Counter Cultures seminar led by Gábor Klaniczay and Balázs Trencsényi on Thursday, March 14, 5.20 PM in TIGY Room.

Free entry.