DARK ALCHEMY THE FILMS OF JAN SVANKMAJER PDF

Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is one of the most distinctive and influential of contemporary filmmakers. As a leading member of the Prague Surrealist Group, his work is linked to a rich avant-garde tradition and an uncompromising moral stance that brought frequent tensions with the authorities in the normalization years following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in Svankmajer's formative influences have been the pre-war surrealists, the Prague of Rudolf II, experimental theatre, folk puppetry and, above all, the political traumas of the past 50 years. Like his contemporaries-including playwright president Vaclav Havel, and, in exile, novelist Milan Kundera and filmmaker Milos Forman-Svankmajer's dominant life experiences have been the realities of the Stalinist system, both the explicit state terror of the s and the Brezhnevist neo-Stalinism of the s and the s. After training in puppetry and working in the Prague theatre, he made his first film in He directed a number of important films in the s, including the live-action and Kafkaesque Byt The Flat, and Zahrada The Garden, and consolidated his international reputation with Moznosti dialogu Dimensions of Dialogue in

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Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is one of the most distinctive and influential of contemporary filmmakers. As a leading member of the Prague Surrealist Group, his work is linked to a rich avant-garde tradition and an uncompromising moral stance that brought frequent tensions with the authorities in the normalization years following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in Svankmajer's formative influences have been the pre-war surrealists, the Prague of Rudolf II, experimental theatre, folk puppetry and, above all, the political traumas of the past 50 years.

Like his contemporaries-including playwright president Vaclav Havel, and, in exile, novelist Milan Kundera and filmmaker Milos Forman-Svankmajer's dominant life experiences have been the realities of the Stalinist system, both the explicit state terror of the s and the Brezhnevist neo-Stalinism of the s and the s.

After training in puppetry and working in the Prague theatre, he made his first film in He directed a number of important films in the s, including the live-action and Kafkaesque Byt The Flat, and Zahrada The Garden, and consolidated his international reputation with Moznosti dialogu Dimensions of Dialogue in Since then, he has continued his highly visual and poetic approach in two feature-length films, Neco z Alenky Alice, and Lekce Faust Faust, As a filmmaker, Svankmajer is constantly exploring and analyzing his concern with power, fear and anxiety, confrontation and destruction, magic, the irrational and the absurd, and displays a bleak outlook on the possibilities for dialogue.

In challenging accepted narrative, the bourgeoisie of realism nezval , and the thematic and formal conventions of the mainstream media, Svankmajer's work is startlingly dynamic, subversive, and confrontational. Read more Read less. He has written widely on Czech and Slovak cinema over many years. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? Amazon calculates a product's star ratings using a machine learned model instead of a raw data average.

The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. February 10, - Published on Amazon. Finally reaching a broad audience with his first feature length film, Alice, in and later with Faust in , this filmmaker has gained his due attention.

Dubbed the Animator of Prague, Jan Svankmajer ranks as perhaps the most prominent member of the Czechoslovakian Surrealists. Peter Hames has studied Svankmajer's art for many years and brought his store of knowledge to bear as editor of this collection of well-written essays. Most of the essays focus on Svankmajer's development as a surrealist and, to a lesser extent, a mannerist. Also, they explore his use of tactile objects and the concepts that undergird their use.

For the person exploring the foundations of Svankmajer's art, this book is indispensable. Hames includes an interview he conducted over several sessions with Svankmajer that is particularly illuminating, especially since English translations of Svankmajer's words are few and far between. Svankmajer speaks candidly about his place in the history of Surreal art, his personal theory of artistic creation, and the state of art in Europe. One article within the book will challenge even the practiced reader.

Frankly, this particular article possesses a density and obscurity that might make better sense if left untranslated.

If you are as fascinated with Svankmajer as I, purchase this book. If you are a casual fan, you might want to explore other sources before buying this one. November 16, - Published on Amazon. Jan Svankmejer is one of the most talented stop motion animation filmmakers currently working. Unfortunately his brilliant films have had only limited release in the United States and little in-depth reading is available on him and his body of work.

Dark Alchemy provides some very interesting essays on Svankmejer, the history of Czech film, and surrealism. Those who do not have a film background and a good understanding of surrealism may have difficulty in understanding a lot of what is discussed, much of which would be considered heavy academic reading.

The exception being an in-depth interview with Svankmejer. In fact one or two additional interviews with Svankmejer covering some of his specific films in depth might have made for a more well rounded book. Go to Amazon. Discover the best of shopping and entertainment with Amazon Prime.

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Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is one of the most distinctive and influential of contemporary filmmakers. As a leading member of the Prague Surrealist Group, his work is linked to a rich avant-garde tradition and an uncompromising moral stance that brought frequent tensions with the authorities in the normalization years following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in Svankmajer's formative influences have been the pre-war surrealists, the Prague of Rudolf II, experimental theatre, folk puppetry and, above all, the political traumas of the past 50 years. Like his contemporaries--including playwright president Vaclav Havel, and, in exile, novelist Milan Kundera and filmmaker Milos Forman--Svankmajer's dominant life experiences have been the realities of the Stalinist system, both the explicit state terror of the s and the Brezhnevist neo-Stalinism of the s and the s. After training in puppetry and working in the Prague theatre, he made his first film in He directed a number of important films in the s, including the live-action and Kafkaesque Byt The Flat , and Zahrada The Garden , and consolidated his international reputation with Moznosti dialogu Dimensions of Dialogue in Since then, he has continued his highly visual and poetic approach in two feature-length films, Neco z Alenky Alice , and Lekce Faust Faust ,

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