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Dark Alchemy: The Films of Jan Svankmajer
     

Dark Alchemy: The Films of Jan Svankmajer

by Peter Hames (Editor)
 

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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

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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 1968. This collection of essays presents a complete portrait of this fascinating filmmaker.

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Czech filmmaker Svankmajer (b. 1934) first came to international attention in 1982, nearly 20 years after he started making his startling animations, highly influenced by the Czech Surrealist Group and folk puppetry. Here art scholars discuss him as a mannerist surrealist, the presence of objects in his early films, the force of imagination, and the film experiment. Also includes a interview conducted by letter and in four meetings in 1992 and 1993, a filmography, and several pages of black-and-white stills. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275952990
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/1995
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

PETER HAMES is Course Leader in Film, Television, and Radio Studies at Staffordshire University. He has written widely on Czech and Slovak cinema over many years. He is author of The Czechoslovak New Wave (1985) and contributor to Five Filmmakers: Challenging the Boundaries (1991) and Post New Wave Cinema in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1989). He has published in a range of journals including Sight and Sound, New Statesman and Society, and Index on Censorship.

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