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Jan Švankmajer: The Complete Short Films (2007)

18/04/2011
Jan Švankmajer: The Complete Short Films

Jan Švankmajer: The Complete Short Films

One of cinema’s most extraordinary talents, he has had a colossal influence on contemporary animation. His imagery, full of unexpected, outrageous conjunctions, comes from a consistent philosophy of militant Surrealism that underpins his work, in which he remains absolutely committed to the themes of dream, eroticism, revolt and freedom.

Disc 1
The Last Trick (1964)
JS Bach – Fantasy in G Minor (1965)
A Game with Stones (1965)
Punch and Judy (1966)
Et Cetera (1966)
Historia, Naturae, Suita (1967)
The Garden (1968)
The Flat (1968)
Picnic with Weissman (1968)
A Quiet Week in the House (1969)
Don Juan (1969)
The Ossuary (1970) (Both versions)
Jabberwocky (1971)
Leonardo’s Diary (1972)

Disc 2
The Castle of Otranto (1979)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1980)
Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)
Down to the Cellar (1983)
The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope (1983)
Virile Games (1988)
Another Kind of Love (1988)
Meat Love (1988)
Darkness-Light-Darkness (1989)
Flora (1989)
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)
Food (1992)

Disc 3
Johannes Doktor Faust (1958)
Nick Carter in Prague (1977, excerpts)
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
Les Chimeres des Svankmajer (2001)
Czech TV Interview (2001)
Lunacy trailer (2005)

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Schindler’s List (1993)

27/01/2009
Schindler's List

Schindler

“Schindler’s List” is the based-on-truth story of Nazi Czech business man Oskar Schindler, who uses Jewish labor to start a factory in occupied Poland. As World War II progresses, and the fate of the Jews becomes more and more clear, Schindler’s motivations switch from profit to human sympathy and he is able to save over 1100 Jews from death in the gas chambers.

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The Pianist (2002)

09/11/2008
The Pianist

The Pianist

A brilliant pianist, a Polish Jew, witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital, from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

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Color of Pomegranates (1968)

04/11/2008
Colour Of Pomegranate

Colour Of Pomegranate

One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov’s “Color of the Pomegranate”, a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet’s life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova’s life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov’s imagination and Sayat Nova’s poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work void of any dialog or camera movement.

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Basquiat (1996)

31/10/2008
Basquiat

Basquiat

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.

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