Jan Švankmajer

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Et Cetera

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 10, 2015

Is Svankmajer systematically exploring and enacting a range of avant garde strategies? If so, it’s a great course for the practitioner and the preceptor alike. This comes in three pieces, and in that way quite resembles Norman McLaren’s Mosaic. This time Svankmajer is showing us his 2D chops. As always, he emphasizes joins and surfaces, mixes textures and media. The third part is especially impressive. There’s a Harold character making a world with his pencil, and more quietly doing something quite inexplicable. He moves across this off-white background, which evidently has a picture hidden beneath it. It’s revealed glancingly, behind the moving silhouette of the moving wielder of that crayon.