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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener... literally!, 29 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Jan Svankmajer - The Complete Short Films [DVD] (DVD)
If you don't know Svankmajer's work then it would be difficult to describe it. Think of a dark and scary version of 'Morph' or Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' pop video. You'll be somewhere near the ball park.

However, any one interested in surrealism or animation will fall over backwards at this DVD package. Although I was a fan of Jan Svankmajer, I had no idea how prolific his work has been. From animation to puppetry, shadow figures and film montage, he covers it all. Although not all are as tight as each other, the collection is fulfilling and exciting. Given how reclusive he is, the extra interviews and 'making of' are also very impressive. It has been well put together and I find it difficult to fault it (although a connection to other earlier influences wouldn't have gone a miss).

Great films on a great DVD package. Easily worth the 5 stars.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2011 21:47:03 GMT
Hi Rich. I've been trying to catch up with you for ages, just found your review on amazon. Can you message me on the following link (Simon Rowlan - Catch the Wind) http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000241775457

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2011 13:51:01 GMT
Well, you're a blast from the past. How fantastic to hear from you. Will do.

Posted on 16 Aug 2011 09:41:54 BDT
"(although a connection to other earlier influences wouldn't have gone a miss)."

I'm surprised by that comment, as Svankmajer's primary influences (Arcimboldo, Poe, Lewis Carroll, assorted Surrealists) are mentioned extensively across the extras and the booklet - and disc three also throws in an additional short film, Emil Radok's 'Johanes Doktor Faust' (1958), which had a profound influence on Svankmajer's artistic direction.

So what do you think was left out?
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