Lunacy as Auto-Therapy

With Lunacy, Jan Svankmajer's characteristic feature-length stab into the foibles of humanity, opening at the Film Forum last Wednesday, then the Nuart today and Bay Area cinemas next week (and a variety of venues through September, into October and November), we at GreenCine were faced with a challenge. How do we spread the word about this unconventional, exceptional film to our regular readers? Despite a rather lengthy conversation in a now out-of-print book [Dark Alchemy] about the director, Svankmajer doesn't do interviews anymore and, with the unfortunate passing of wife and collaborator Eva Svankmajerova late last year, he is even less inclined to make public appearances.

Therein, for one among several reasons, I ventured out to Rotterdam last January in order to see his latest and greatest work (snapped up by the fine folks at Zeitgeist for a stateside release) and to hear him speak. Since you weren't likely there, I surreptitiously recorded the conversation, reproducing it here with only a handful of revisions for your reading pleasure. The discussion is lead by International Film Festival Rotterdam's erudite former director Simon Field (now Artistic Director at the Dubai International Film Festival) who, in his introductory remarks, covers the basic benchmarks of Jan's career in a concise manner that does not warrant substitution. We've opted to retain the format, minus the film clips that you'll find referenced below, to put you in the moment of conversation, some eight months ago...

 


Simon Field: It is a great pleasure to be invited back [to IFFR] for this occasion and it's a very great pleasure indeed to be able to introduce Jan Svankmajer to you again. It's a particular pleasure because Jan Svankmajer is not somebody who does many conversations of this sort. When I first met him many years ago, he was resolutely determined not to do interviews and we had to persuade him to do so because I was releasing one of his films in the UK [Faust, I believe]. I was very frightened of him at that time, but I have learned to be a little less frightened of him now!

It's very clear that many of you are on the same wavelength as Jan. He needs little introduction, but I think it's a good thing to remind ourselves of some things before we begin this conversation. First of all, as you all know, he has a very substantial body of work. He's been making short films since 1964. He was one of the founding members of Laterna Magika in Prague and, of course, he's been closely associated with puppets and puppetry throughout his life. Lunacy is his fifth feature, though you will probably recall that he made Alice in 1987; Faust in 1995, which we showed in Rotterdam; Conspirators of Pleasure, which was made in '96 and which was also shown in Rotterdam and distributed here; and then Otesanek [Little Otik], which was shown in 2001 here in company with the exhibition of the work by Jan and Eva Svankmajerova, his lifetime collaborator. It was a very special occasion for all of us because it enabled us to make clear that he is not just a filmmaker but a person who is making objects, paintings, sculpture, pottery, tactile objects, masturbatory machines and many other erotic objects.

I think it's also very appropriate to say at this point that his wife Eva Svankmajerova sadly passed away in November of last year. She worked very closely on all of the films and they worked almost as one on many of the projects. I think there are also two other key things that I'm reminding myself of. First, that of course he's been one of the crucial figures within the strong Surrealist movement in Prague [specifically, the Skupina ceských a slovenských surrealistu (Czech and Slovak Surrealist Group)]. Second, which I think is very relevant to Lunacy, is that he's worked under, shall we say, two regimes. He was making much of his animation prior to the Velvet Revolution in very difficult circumstances and working under the Communist regime. Now, of course, he's operating in what we call the "free market" and I think that is something that, when we think about it, sheds some light on Lunacy. What I would propose to do is ask a number of questions myself, start a discussion and then open it up for you to ask questions or make points. We'll also show one or two clips to remind ourselves of the work.

First, I'd like to ask Jan to say a little bit about something which, in the "mass market" world in which we exist at the moment, with the principles of cinema for the masses, so much is oriented towards pleasing the audience and giving the audience what it wants. I'd like to ask him to say a little bit about his statement in the clip that you just saw about not thinking about the audience. He says in the clip that he does not think about the audience and that [not thinking about the audience] is very important.

Svankmajer: Actually, you have already answered your own question. As you said, the "mass culture" really just wants to please the audience. So it's difficult, because it's really a question of market demand and it's something I've really nothing to do with. It's out of my area of interest.

Comments

Associazione magistrati e

Associazione magistrati e avvocati leccesi herve leger insieme toms shoes per ricordare Paolo Borsellino

Il primo network coach factory outlet di informazione cittadinaluned 21 aprile ghd hair 15Associazione magistrati coach factory e avvocati true religion outlet leccesi insieme per ricordare Paolo BorsellinoLunedì 20 hermes belt gennaio, in ferragamo outlet occasione longchamps della montblanc ricorrenza del longchamp handbags compleanno del giudice ucciso insanity workout calendar nella asics gel strage di mcm bags via louis vuitton D'Amelio karen millen il 19 luglio prada shoes del 1993, un appuntamento presso il Teatro coach outlet Paisiello promosso coach outlet store di concerto con Università burberry outlet del supra Salento e Comune di louboutin LecceRedazione19 gennaio 2014L culturale ha lo scopo louboutin di red valentino ricordare coloro che sono true religion outlet stati soccer shoes uccisi per michael kors aver servito lo Stato converse shoes facendo new balance outlet il proprio dovere senza juicy couture compromessi, affinch the north face la memoria del loro esempio sia ray ban sunglasses un incentivo ralph lauren pas cher a lavorare con la stessa coerenza in ogni settore della societ longchamps civile e sia true religion di sostegno marc jacobs a chi cheap oakley sunglasses quel modello coach bags operativo mulberry attua reebok outlet in ralph lauren outlet silenzio nella propria louboutin attivit quotidiana.Il bottega veneta Lecce tory burch outlet stende il Frosinone chi flat iron con Beretta e Bogliacino. hollister Il primo posto ora del soccer jerseys Perugiala chanel bags tua louis vuitton bags pubblicità lululemon canada su LeccePrimaALTRI SITISEGUICI jerseys VIA MOBILE.

Than you

Thanks You
Ramadan Wallpaper
Ramadan Wallpaper HD Download
Ramadan Wallpaper 2014
Ramadan Wallpaper 2014 Download
Ramadan Wallpaper 2014 HD Images
Ramadan Wallpaper 2014 Images
Ramadan Wallpaper quotes
Ramadan wallpaper greetings
Ramadan wallpaper 2014 greetings
Ramadan Wallpaper 2014 quotes
Ramadan Kareem 2014 images
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak Images
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak 2014 images
Ramadan Screen Saver 2014 download
Ramadan Mubarak images
Ramadan images 2014
Ramadan Mubarak greetings
Wish you happy Ramadan 2014
Happy Ramadan Wallpaper 2014
Ramadan wallpaper 2014
Wish you happy Ramadan 2014
ramadan Hd wallpaper 2014
Wish you happy Ramadan wallpaper 2014
Ramadan 2014 images
Ramadan 2014 pictures
wish you happy Ramadan 2014 images
Wish you happy Ramadan 2014 pictures
Happy ramadan 2014 wallpaper
Ramadan Kareem 2014 Wallpaper
Ramadan Mubarak 2014 wallpaper
Wallpaper Ramadan 2014
Ramadan HD wallpaper
Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
wish you Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Happy Ramadan HD wallpaper
Happy Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Wish you Ramadan HD wallpaper Download 2014
Ramadan HD wallpaper Download 2014
Ramadan HD wallpaper 2014 Download
Ramadan HD wallpaper 1080p
Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper 1080p
Best Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Top 10 Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Best Collections Of Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper For Android
Ramadan 2014 best Screensaver download
Ramadan 2014 Screensaver download
screensaver download for mobile Ramadan 2014
Ramadan 2014 HD Screensaver Download
Ramadan 2014 download best screen saver
Screensaver for 2014 ramadan
Ramadan mubarak screensaver download
Ramadan mubarak 2014 best screen saver
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak 2014 best screen saver
Ramadan mubarak 2014 best screen saver
screen saver 2014 download free for android
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak Greetings 2014
Best Collections of Ramadan 2014 Greetings
Best Collections of Ramadan 2014 Greetings
Top Collections of Ramadan 2014 Greetings
Ramadan 2014 Greetings
Ramadan 2014 Greetings Free
Ramadan 2014 Greetings Kareem best
Best Collections of Ramadan 2014 Kareem Greetings
Best Collections of Ramadan 2014 Kareem Greetings
Best Collections of Ramadan 2014 kareem greetings
Top Ramadan 2014 wallpapers
Top Ramadan 2014 pictures
Top ramadan 2014 pictures for pc
Top ramadan 2014 Wallpaper for Android
Ramadan 2014 best softwares
Ramadan 2014 Best Images of Desktop
Ramadan 2014 best pictures for desktop
ramadan 2014 collection of Hd wallpaper
Ramadan 2014 Best collections
Ramadan 2014 top Hd wallpaper
Ramadan 2014 in uk
When Ramadan 2014 in Uk
ramadan 2014 in United Kingdom
When Ramadan 2014 in United States
When ramadan 2014 in America
Ramadan date in uk
Ramadan date in uk
Ramadan facts in united kingdom
Ramadan date in France
Ramadan 2014 in france
Ramadan 2014 date in france
Ramadan 2014 date in Frace country
Happy Ramadan 2014 best wallpaper
Ramadan Wallpaper best collections
Ramadan Kareem Wallpaper collections
wish you happy Ramadan wallpaper 2014
happy Ramadan wallpaper 2014
wish you happy Ramadan Hd wallpaper
Happy Ramadan 2014 HD wallpaper
Hd Ramadan wallpaper 2014
Wallpaper 2014 Hd in Ramadan
Ramadan wallpaper 2014 for Desktop Background
Best Islamic Ramadan wallpaper 2014
Wallpaper 2014 for facebook Cover
Best Wallpaper 2014 Download
Ramadan HD wallpaper 2014 Download
When ramadan in India 2014
Ramadan in India 2014
Ramadan in India 2014
Ramadan Kareem Greetings
Ramadan kareem Mubarak Greetings
Ramadan kareeem 2014 Greetings
Ramadan 2014 kareem Greetings
Ramadan 2014 kareem greetings
Ramadan Kareem Mubarak 2014
Ramadan kareem Mubarak 2014
Ramadan kareem Mubarak 2014
Ramadan Kareem greetings 2014
Ramadan Kareem greetings 2014
Ramadan Kareem greetings 2014
Ramadan Kareem greetings 2014
Ramadan Kareem greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Ramadan Mubarak Greetings 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Inspirational pictures of ramadan 2014
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
Ramadan 2014 Wallpaper and Mubarak pics
oHack Anna University Paper Valuation Anna University result 2014 Thanks for sharing
Awesome

* You can comment on articles

* Private messaging to others in the GreenCine community -- and more features coming soon!

* Keep apprised of happenings in the world of films festivals, independent, international, cult, classic, horror movies and more!

* As a free registered member, you can upgrade your account to a rental subscription -- or if you want a rental subscription right away, click here.