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Jan Švankmajer

B 1934, CZECHOSLOVAKIA

SURREALIST AUTHOR, ARTIST, ANIMATOR, AND FILMMAKER, KNOWN FOR DARK RE-IMAGININGS OF FAIRY TALES AND OBSESSIVE INVESTIGATIONS INTO HUMAN (MIS)BEHAVIOUR. WINNER OF NUMEROUS PLAUDITS, HIS REVOLUTIONARY STOP-MOTION AND LIVE-ACTION FILMS INSPIRED A LEGION OF YOUNG FILMMAKERS WITH THEIR RADICAL IDIOSYNCRASY AND POST-COMMUNIST AESTHETIC. ŠVANKMAJER’S VARIOUS INSPIRATIONS INCLUDE THE ART OF HIS LATE PARTNER, EVA ŠVANKMAJEROVÁ, AND A COLLECTION OF MAGICAL AND MEDIUMISTIC ART.

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