Jan Švankmajer – Alchemist Of The Surreal

Here’s an updated post about Jan Švankmajer. He’s the alchemist of the surreal. One of the reasons why I visited Prag was because of him. He’s got a little gallery called GAMBRA in the olden town of Prag. I bought there “Otesánek” and the book “Transmutation of the Senses” about his life, artworks and films.

Short Films

Finally BFI DVD released a 3xDVD9 with the complete short films of Jan Švankmajer! Here’s the full content what’s on the three discs:

Disc One: Early Shorts 1964 – 72

The Last Trick, (1964, 11:18)
J.S. Bach – Fantasy in G Minor, (1965, 9:25)
A Game With Stones, (1965, 8:36)
Punch & Judy, (1966, 9:54)
Et Cetera, (1966, 6:58)
Historia Naturae, Suita, (1967, 8:38)
The Garden, (1968, 16:08)
The Flat, (1968, 12:34)
Picnic With Weissman, (1968, 10:39)
A Quiet Week In The House, (1969, 19:10)
Don Juan, (1969, 31:19)
The Ossuary, (1970, 10:04)
Jabberwocky, (1971, 13:20)
Leonardo’s Diary, (1972, 11:15)

Disc Two: Late Shorts 1979 – 92
The Castle of Otrano (1979, 17:13)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1980, 15:02)
Dimensions of Dialogue (1982, 11:18)
Down to the Cellar (1983, 14:44)
The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope (1983, 14:20)
Virile Games (1988, 14:01)
Another Kind of Love (1988, 3:36)
Meat Love (1988, 1:07)
Darkness, Light, Darkness (1989, 7:13)
Flora (1989, 0:31)
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990, 9:23)
Food (1992, 16:22)

Disc Three: Extras
Johanes Doktor Faust (Emil Radok, 1956) (17:22)
Nick Carter in Prague (1977, 4:59)
The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984, 53:35)
Les Chimères des Švankmajer (2001, 58:17)
Czech TV interview (2001, 8:57)
Lunacy Trailer (2005, 3:04)

For more information check here and here.

Feature Films

A new film will be released soon this month called Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe), english title is Surviving Life (Theory and Practice). More infos can be found here.

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