Jan Švankmajer: Short Films (part 2)

2013/04/16 § Leave a comment

“To me, Surrealism is a certain rebellious stance on life and the world. Its contemporary stance is critically aimed at the current state of civilization. Surrealism has taught me many things: It developed my perception of imagination, instilled in my mind that there is only one poetry, no matter which means we use to express it, and last but not least, it freed me from fear of collectivity. Surrealism is in fact a great collective adventure.”

(Jan Švankmajer, 2012)

SHORT FILMS (1977*-1992)

Dimensions of Dialogue (1982) (Možnosti dialogu)

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Jan Švankmajer: Short Films (part 1)

2013/04/14 § 2 Comments

“(I)t is dream and reality that together create a human life. This should apply all the more to art. After all, dream is one of the essential sources of imaginative creative work. And, I do not care for any other work. Creative work is a certain form of auto-therapy for me. Thus I liberate myself from the demons that moved in with me at some time during my childhood. If art has any sense at all, it lies in liberating man from domestication by civilization and for it to be able to liberate the audience, then it must, first of all, liberate its creator.”

(Jan Švankmajer, 2011)

SHORT FILMS (1964-1972)

The Last Trick (1964) (Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara)

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“We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson

2013/04/09 § Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel agoraphobic, this is the one for you.

Told from the perspective of a girl whose strangeness and narratorial unreliability are evident from the start, this novel is a story about otherness and consequent isolation and anxiety.

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