Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Švankmajer, Jan

(1934-    ) Czech director who uses a mixture of live action, animation and stop-motion animation (> Animated Movies), puppetry and surrealist narrative techniques (> Surrealism) to create movies that are peculiarly unsettling. His features to date are Alice (1988; ot Neco z Alenky), based loosely on Lewis Carroll's Alice series, and Faust (1994), based on diverse renditions of the Faust legend. Like Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986), JS displays a deliberative fascination with his material that some find tedious, others infectious. [JG]

Jan Švankmajer


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