Jan Svankmajer: film as puppet theatre

Frost, J. (2015) Jan Svankmajer: film as puppet theatre. In: 'Beyond the Frame' The Society for Animation Studies 27th Annual Conference, 13th-16th July, 2015, Canterbury Christ Church University. (Unpublished)


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The Czech Surrealist Jan Svankmajer began his career as a puppeteer in Prague. His use of the puppet as a bridge between live action and stop-motion animation dominate his feature films and shorts. This paper explores his interest in the Czech marionette tradition combined with the myth of the Kabbalistic animation of the Golem; both part of the culture and folklore of Prague. For Svankmajer, animation is not merely a special effect but a tangible metaphor for manipulation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism > BM0495 Sources of Jewish religion. Rabbinical literature > BM0525 Cabala
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 The performing arts. Show business
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Media Art and Design
Depositing User: Mr James Frost
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2015 16:00
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 11:39
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13587

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