A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. ‘Factual Conversation’ depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly devouring and regurgitating each other. ‘Passionate Discourse’ shows two clay figures romantically intertwined, and the problems with dealing with the end product of their passion, while ‘Exhaustive Discussion’ shows two animated heads playing a bizarre variant of the old scissors-paper-stone game. —IMDb
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
When they emerge from the molding together of imprints of fingers and there is left a tiny smudge of clay that claws for either parent, and all they can is throw it in each other's faces. This is heartbreak.
I could also see the new clay that tries to craw back into the mother's belly as a representation of abortion, which then causes the parents to threw every other "little thing" up in each other's faces, literally tearing each other a part as a result of unhindered passion not being what they expected it to be
Legendary Czech surrealist artist Jan Švankmajer (“The Fall of the House of Usher” & “The Ninth Heart”) crafts a triptych of stop motion animation artwork which won awards at the Annecy International… read review