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Author(s): Boguslaw Zmudzinski

Journal: Studia Humanistyczne AGH
ISSN 1732-2189

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 87;
Date: 2007;
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Jan Švankmajer - is a leading world animation creator and confirmed representative representative of surrealism belonging to a small circle of film arts who, apart from great achievements in short animation, can also boast of remarkable attainments in long features. He owes it to his technique of combining animated and acting scenes together, which he developed already when making his short film forms. The article is a synthetic attempt at presentation of the artist's whole creative output starting from his first short animations from the 1960s up to his latest feature film titled Lunacy. The author of the text underlines the centrality of the object animation in the artistic work of Jan Švankmajer, who is the most outstanding representative of this form of animation alongside Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowczyk and Stephen and Timopthy Quay. In his latest film, the artist suggest with the kind of determination typical of the surrealists that all of his object animation production can be regarded as vision of a lunatic. Not many artist have courage to do so in the contemporary - and commercialized in the very nature of it - audiovisual culture.
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