A room, with two chairs and photographs and news clippings on the wall. One of the photographs shows the back of a man’s head. An empty suit is mounted on the left-hand chair, in front of which is a pair of black shoes. On the right-hand chair is a red hat. The hat starts changing size and shape as a chalk-white woman’s head emerges from underneath it. The shoes and suit start tapping a rhythm as the head starts singing the backing vocals. The suit swells, feet emerge from the trousers and enter the shoes; hands emerge from the sleeves. The head in the photograph turns round, revealing the face of Hugh Cornwell, and looks down at the chair.
Jan Švankmajer (born 4 September 1934 in Prague) is a Czech surrealist artist. His work spans several media. He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Quay and many others. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. He is still making films in Prague. Švankmajer’s trademarks include very exaggerated sounds, often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes. He often uses very sped-up sequences when people walk and interact. His movies often involve inanimate objects coming alive and being brought to life through stop-motion. Food is a favorite subject and medium. Stop-motion features in most of his work, though his feature films also include live action to varying degrees.
A lot of his movies, like the short film Down to the Cellar… read more
Legendary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer (“Virile Games” & “Down to the Cellar”) crafts a cute little stop-motion animated music video for an otherwise unremarkable solo musical effort… read review