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    Read the New York Times article from July 1, 2001 on the occasion of Film Forum's Jan Svankmajer retrospective

    Jan Svankmajer: Alchemist of the Surreal Website
    an amazingly comprehensive site from London which covers
    Svankmajer's artwork as well as his films

    Animation of Heaven and Hell in 3-D Website
    an extraordinary site devoted to a number of 3-D animators

    Svankmajer Shorts Collection Vol 1

    Svankmajer Shorts Collection Vol 2

    Selected Bibliography (Compiled by Steven Jay Schneider)

    Books and articles by Jan Svankmajer

    “An alchemist’s nightmares: Extracts from Jan Svankmajer’s diary.” Kinoeye vol. 2, no. 1, 7 January 2002

    Anima Animus Animation (Exhibition Catalogue). Prague: Slovart Publishers, Ltd. And Arbor Vitae ­ Foundation for Literature and Visual Arts, 1998.

    “L’avenir est aux machines impsatrices.” La civilisation surréaliste, 1976, p. 197.

    “Budoucnost patrí ipsacní strojum, Analogon 4, p. 74.

    “Dámy a pánové.” Analogon 18, p. 130.

    “Felaceus Oidipus.” Surréalisme 2, 1977.

    “Faust - filmovy scénár, fragment.” Analogon 10, p. 54.

    Hmat a Imaginace (Touch and Imagination). Kozoroh, 1994.

    “Humor a sen.” Analogon 11, p. 85.

    “La langue.” Change mondial II, 1975.

    “Magie predmetu, Analogon 7, p. 49.

    “Na okraj Orientacní poznámek.” Analogon 17, p. 9.

    “Ohoník cudny.” Analogon 13, p. 28.

    “Otesánek - ukázka ze scénáre.” Analogon 14, p. 72.

    “Otevrena hra.” Surrealistické skupiny v Ceskoslovensku 1969-1979, 1979.

    “Out of my head.” The Guardian, 19 October, 2001

    “Repas.” Bulletin de la liason surréaliste 5, 1972.

    “Le restaurateur.” Surréalisme 1, 1977.

    “Spiklenci slasti ­ úryvek ze scénáre.” Analogon 16, p. 24.

    “Taktilní imaginace, Analogon 3, p. 62.

    “Three Scenarios.” Afterimage 13, p. 38.

    “Z taktilního deníku, Analogon 6, p. 53.

    Interviews with Jan Svankmajer

    Geoff Andrew, “Malice in Wonderland.” Time Out, October 19-26, 1988, pp. 16-17

    Geoff Andrew, “A Faust Buck.” Time Out, September 1994

    Anonymous. “Svankmajer on Alice.” Afterimage 13, Autumn 1987, p. 51

    Vratislav Effenberger, “Svankmajer on The Fall of the House of Usher.” Trans. by Gaby Dowdell. Afterimage 13, 1987, p. 33

    Peter Hames, “Bringing up baby: Jan Svankmajer interviewed about Otesánek (Little Otík, 2000).” Kinoeye vol. 2, no. 1, 7 January 2002. Originally appeared in Sight and Sound vol. 11, no. 10, October 2001, pp. 26-28.

    Peter Hames, “Interview with Jan Svankmajer.” In Dark Alchemy, cited below.

    Wendy Jackson, “The Surrealist Conspirator: An Interview with Jan Svankmajer.” Animation World Magazine vol. 2, no. 3, June 1997

    Galina Kopanevová, “O jiném filmu s Janem Svankmajerem, Jirím Lehovcem a Karlem Vachkem.” Film a doba 7, 1969, p. 360.

    Petr Král, “Questions á Jan Svankmajer.” Positif 297, 1985.

    Petr Král, “Questions to Jan Svankmajer.” Trans. by Jill McGreal, Afterimage 13, 1987, p. 22

    SF Said, “After revolution, the shit!” The Context

    Ludvík Sváb, “Jan Svankmajer o svém novém filmu Zaník domu Usheru.” Film a doba 5, 1982, p. 293.

    Jason Wood, “A Quick Chat with Jan Svankmajer and Eva Svankmajerová.”

    Articles about Jan Svankmajer

    Wakagi Akatsuka, “The Wager of a Militant Surrealist: On Jan Svankmajer’s The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia.” © The Slavic Research Center, 1998

    Brigid Cherry, “Dark Wonders and the Gothic sensibility: Jan Svankmajer’s Neco z Alenky (Alice, 1987).” Kinoeye vol. 2, no. 1, 7 January 2002

    Dirk de Bruyn, “Re-animating the Lost Objects d’Childhood and the Everyday: Jan Svankmajer.” Senses of Cinema, vol. 1, no. 14, 2001

    Vratislav Effenberger, “Between Idea and Reality: Svankmajer’s Castle of Otranto.” Trans. by Gaby Dowdell, Afterimage 13, 1987, pp. 44-46

    Jan Uhde, “The Arcimboldo of Animation.” Kinema, Fall 1995

    Jan Uhde, “The bare bones of horror: Jan Svankmajer’s Kostnice (The Ossuary, 1970).” Kinoeye vol. 2, no. 1, 7 January 2002

    Jan Uhde, “Jan Svankmajer: The Prodigious Animator from Prague.” Kinema, Spring 1994

    Paul Wells, “Animated anxiety: Svankmajer, Surrealism and the ‘agit-scare.’” Kinoeye vol. 2, no. 16, 21 October 2002

    Books and articles about Jan Svankmajer

    Oldrich Adamec. “Animované filmy Jana Svankmajera.” Film a doba no. 11, October 1966, pp. 559- 60, 563-64.

    Michael Beddow, “Dialogues with the Devil.” Times Literary Supplement no. 4776, October 14, 1994, p. 22.

    Robert Benayoun, “Jan Svankmajer et ses paliers.” Positif no. 346, pp. 46-47.

    Roger Cardinal, “Thinking through Things: The Presence of Objects in the Early Films of Jan Svankmajer.” In Dark Alchemy, cited below.

    Angela Carter, “Alice in Prague, or The Curious Room.” In American Ghosts & Old World Wonders (London: Chatto & Windus, 1993).

    Michel Ciment and Lorenzo Codelli. “Entretien avec Jan Svankmajer.” Positif no. 345, pp. 45-47.

    Lorenzo Codelli, “Annecy 1985.” Positif no. 297, November 1985, pp. 32-37.

    Frantisek Dryje, “A Play Dream/A Dream Play.” Monthly Film Bulletin, November 1988, p. 320 (translation of an article from the Czech surrealist journal Gambra).

    Frantisek Dryje, “The Power of Imagination.” In Dark Alchemy, cited below.

    Gilles Dunant, ed., Jan Svankmajer, l’animateur. Annecy: JICA, 1985 (Special publication for the Animated Film Festival).

    Birgit Gerhardt, “Svankmajer: Death, Surrealism and Assorted perversions.” The Chronicles (London Vampyre Group) no. 9, 1998, pp. 12-13.

    Peter Hames, ed., Dark Alchemy: The Films of Jan Svankmajer. Westport: Praeger, 1995.

    Peter Hames, “The Film Experiment.” In Dark Alchemy, op. cit.

    Simeona Hosková & Kveta Otcovská, eds., Jan Svankmajer: Transmutation of the Senses. Czech Republic: Edice Detail, Central Europe Gallery and Publishing House, Husova 21, Praha 1, 1994.

    Michael O’Pray, “Between slapstick and horror.” Sight and Sound, September 1994, p. 20.

    Michael O’Pray, “In the Capital of Magic.” Monthly Film Bulletin vol. 53, no. 630, July 1986, p. 218-19.

    Michael O’Pray, “Jan Svankmajer’s Films: A Mannerist Surrealist.” In Dark Alchemy, op. cit.

    Michael O’Pray, “A Svankmajer Inventory.” Afterimage 13, 1987, p. 10.

    Michael O’Pray, “Surrealism, Fantasy and the Grotesque: The Cinema of Jan Svankmajer.” In Fantasy and the Cinema, ed. James Donald. London: BFI Publishing, 1989.

    Paulo Antonio Paranagua, “Hommage à Jan Svankmajer surrealiste tchèque.” Positif no. 224, November 1979, pp. 58-60.

    Chris Petit, “Picked-up Pieces.” Monthly Film Bulletin no. 53, June 1986, pp. 164-65.

    Julian Petley, “Historia Naturae, Suita.” Monthly Film Bulletin no. 53, July 1986, pp. 221-22.

    Julian Petley, “The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer ­ Prague’s Alchemist of Film.” Monthly Film Bulletin no. 53, June 1986, pp. 188-89.

    Terrence Rafferty, “All Sizes.” The New Yorker, August 8, 1988.

    Tony Reveaux, “A Dark Looking Glass.” Artweek, April 1988, p. 6.

    Philip Strick, “Alice.” Monthly Film Bulletin, no. 658, November 1988, p. 319.

    Jan Uhde, “Beyond the Genre Formula: Implicit Horror in the Films of Jan Svankmajer.” In Horror International, ed. Steven Jay Schneider and Tony Williams. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003.

    Jan Uhde, “The Film World of Jan Svankmajer.” Cross Currents 8, 1989, pp. 195-208.

    Amos Vogel,“Hallo Berlin.” Film Comment vol. 24, no. 3, May-June 1988.

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    “The movie-going world is split into two unequal camps: those who have never heard of Jan Svankmajer, and those who happen upon his work and know that they have come face to face with genius.” -Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER