Directors Even More Directors Series - Volume Nineteen - Jan Svankmajer

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  1. SteveGon

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    Czech director who blends live action and claymation in his films. I've only seen two to date, but many of the others sound pretty cool...


    Otesánek (2000)
    ... aka Greedy Guts (International: English title)
    ... aka Little Otik (USA: festival title)
    Spiklenci slasti (1996)
    ... aka Conspirators of Pleasure (USA)
    Faust (1994)
    ... aka Lekce Faust (Czech Republic)
    ... aka Lesson Faust
    Jídlo (1992)
    ... aka Food
    The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)
    Animated Self-Portraits (1989)
    Flora (1989)
    Meat Love (1989)
    ... aka Fleischliche Liebe (West Germany)
    Tma/Svetlo/Tma (1989)
    ... aka Darkness/Light/Darkness
    Neco z Alenky (1988)
    ... aka Alice
    Another Kind of Love (1988)
    Muzné hry (1988)
    ... aka The Male Game
    ... aka Virile Games
    Do pivnice (1983)
    ... aka Down to the Cellar
    Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1983)
    ... aka The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope
    Moznosti dialogu (1982)
    ... aka Dimensions of Dialogue
    Zánik domu Usheru (1981)
    ... aka The Fall of the House of Usher
    Otrantský zámek (1977)
    ... aka Castle of Otranto
    Leonarduv denik (1972)
    ... aka Leonardo's Diary
    Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta (1971)
    ... aka Jabberwocky
    Don Sanche (1970)
    ... aka Don Juan
    Kostnice (1970)
    ... aka The Ossuary
    Tichý týden v dome (1969)
    ... aka A Quiet Week in the House
    Byt (1968)
    ... aka The Flat
    Picknick mit Weissmann (1968)
    ... aka Picnic with Weissmann
    Zahrada (1968)
    ... aka The Garden
    Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)
    Et Cetera (1966)
    Rakvickarna (1966)
    ... aka Punch and Judy
    ... aka The Coffin House
    Hra s kameny (1965)
    ... aka A Game with Stones
    ... aka Spiel mit Steinen (Austria)
    Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)
    Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (1964)
    ... aka The Last Trick



    Rank 'em, rate 'em, or just say you've never heard of him.
     
  2. SteveGon

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    Films seen:

    Little Otik [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Faust [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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  4. Brook K

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    1. Alice - B+
    2. Faust - D

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    Meant to rent Little Otik and didn't get around to it. I really enjoyed his Alice in Wonderland, but could barely get through Faust, though I do admire the artistry in his puppets.
     
  5. Jim_K

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    Ratings out of
    Another Kind of Love (1988)
    The Male Game (1988)
    Down to the Cellar (1983)
    The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope (1983)
    Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)
    The Fall of the House of Usher (1981)
    Castle of Otranto (1977)
    Leonardo's Diary (1972)
    Jabberwocky (1971)
    Don Juan (1970)
    The Ossuary (1970)
    A Quiet Week in the House (1969)
    The Flat (1968)
    Picnic with Weissmann (1968)
    The Garden (1968)
    Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)
    Et Cetera (1966)
    Punch and Judy (1966)
    A Game with Stones (1965)
    Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)
    The Last Trick (1964)
     
  6. Bill McA

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    Rated from [​IMG] to [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Titles in RED
    are theatrical screenings

    Jan Svankmajer
    Sep 4, 1934 -

    Lunacy (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Little Otik (2000) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Conspirators of Pleasure (1996) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Faust (1994) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Food (1992) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Animated Self-Portraits (1989)
    Flora (1989) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Meat Love (1989) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Darkness/Light/Darkness (1989)
    Alice (1988) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Another Kind of Love (1988)
    The Male Game (1988)
    Down to the Cellar (1983) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope (1983) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Dimensions of Dialogue (1982) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Fall of the House of Usher (1981) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Castle of Otranto (1977)
    Leonardo's Diary (1972)
    Jabberwocky (1971)
    Don Juan (1970)
    The Ossuary (1970)
    A Quiet Week in the House (1969) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Flat (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Picnic with Weissmann (1968) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Garden (1968)
    Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)
    Et Cetera (1966) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Punch and Judy (1966) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    A Game with Stones (1965) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)
    The Last Trick (1964)

    Seen 5
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  7. SteveGon

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    Alice ***
    Darkness Light Darkness ***
     
  8. Martin Teller

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    Definitely heard of, but never seen. I think Alice is in my Netflix queue.
     
  9. Rich Malloy

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    Kino has brought together in a single double-dvd release all the Svankmajer shorts included in Image's old separate releases, and will be releasing another collection of shorts featuring "The Ossuary" this fall.

    Svankmajer's latest film, Šílení, is available on DVD with English subs here: http://www.dvdr.cz/zbozi_video.php?l...n+%A9vankmajer (I have not seen it yet, and am including this link in the hopes that a Svankmajer fan might purchase it and give us a brief review of the DVD!)

    My favorite of his feature-length films are (in order of preference) "Little Otik", "Alice", and "Conspirators of Pleasure". I need to see "Faust" again, as it was my first Svankmajer film and it was many years ago. I recalled liking it, but being more than a bit baffled. It did cause me to seek out all the other Svankmajer I've since seen, so it certainly left a positive impression. Unless these have gone OOP, they should be readily available on R1 DVD (though I recommend the UK-R2 disc of "Little Otik" over the R1).

    Of his short films, I love "The Pit, the Pendulum, and the Hope", though I'm not as crazy about his adaptation of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher". "The Flat" is also fantastic, as is "Darkness/Light/Darkness". "The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia" is also quite affecting.
     
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    Šílení (Lunacy) ***1/2 out of ****
     
  11. Rich Malloy

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    Does this mean you purchased the Czech DVD I linked to above? And, if so, dish! How does that twisted little baby look?
     
  12. SteveGon

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    That's the DVD I have - got it from Xploited Cinema. I don't have a 16X9 set so I can't give you a definitive answer on the A/V quality, but it did look pretty good on my 27 inch tv FWIW.

    You probably know this already, but Sileni is based on two Poe stories: The Premature Burial and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, as well as being a political allegory (man trapped between two idealogical extremes). This is the best Svankmajer I've seen yet. [​IMG]
     
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    Lunacy (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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    Little Otik (2000) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Flat (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)

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  15. Martin Teller

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    Jídlo (1992) - 7
    The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990) - 7
    Flora (1989) - 6
    Meat Love (1989) - 6
    Tma/Svetlo/Tma (1989) - 5
    Neco z Alenky (1988) - 6
    Do pivnice (1983) - 9
    Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1983) - 9
    Moznosti dialogu (1982) - 8
    Zánik domu Usheru (1981) - 6
    Tichý týden v dome (1969) - 6
    Byt (1968) - 10
    Picknick mit Weissmann (1968) - 7
    Et Cetera (1966) - 7
    Rakvickarna (1966) - 9
    Hra s kameny (1965) - 6
     
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    Tma/Svetlo/Tma (1989) - 5
    Neco z Alenky (1988) - 6
     

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