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Times Literary SupplementA real achievement... could be a turning point in the developing area of animation studies, as well as an important contribution to film history.
— Jayne Pilling
The Cinema of Jan Svankmajer explores the legacy of this legendary Czech surrealist filmmaker, a key influence on directors such as Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton, and one of the greatest animators in cinema history. This updated second edition -- still the only full-length study of his work—features contributions from scholars and colleagues within the Czech Surrealist movement, as well as a new chapter on Svankmajer's feature films and an extended interview with Svankmajer himself. This volume is required reading for all budding animators and disciples of surrealism.
— Jayne Pilling
A must for anyone interested in the serious treatment of animated film.
Those who have been long-term admirers of Svankmajer's films will welcome this masterfully orchestrated volume... It is extremely well informed, sensistive to the nuances and complexities of Svankmajer's individual film works, clearly and eloquently written, and critically provocative without being in the least dogmatic.
A real achievement... could be a turning point in the developing area of animation studies, as well as an important contribution to film history.
1 The Film Experiment Peter Hames Hames, Peter 8
2 Jan Svankmajer: A Mannerist Surrealist Michael O'Pray O'Pray, Michael 40
3 Thinking Through Things: The Presence of Objects in the Early Films of Jan Svankmajer Roger Cardinal Cardinal, Roger 67
4 The Core of Reality: Puppets in the Feature Films of Jan Svankmajer Peter Hames Hames, Peter 83
5 Interview with Jan Svankmajer Peter Hames Hames, Peter 104
6 Decalogue Jan Svankmajer Svankmajer, Jan 140
7 The Force of Imagination Frantisek Dryje Dryje, Frantisek 143
Afterword Peter Hames Hames, Peter 204