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1. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,696

2. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 5,722 | Gross: $0.12M

3. Darkness Light Darkness (1989)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 4,041

4. Dimensions of Dialogue (1983)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.1
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Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,669

5. Lunacy (2005)

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba

Votes: 3,308 | Gross: $0.05M

6. Lesson Faust (1994)

97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla, Antonin Zacpal

Votes: 3,296

7. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Six people unknowingly form a cycle of masturbation as they each cause others to privately indulge in their fetishes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Petr Meissel, Gabriela Wilhelmová, Barbora Hrzánová, Anna Wetlinská

Votes: 2,992

8. Food (1993)

17 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.1
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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus, Pavel Marek

Votes: 2,661

9. Meat Love (1989)

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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Two pieces of meat fall in love.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,915

10. Byt (1968)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7
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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ivan Kraus, Juraj Herz

Votes: 1,509

11. Adele's Dinner (1978)

102 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.7
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When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Rudolf Hrusínský, Milos Kopecký, Václav Lohniský

Votes: 1,331

12. Jabberwocky (1971)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.2
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Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,177

13. Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)

109 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.3
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The film uses a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová, Daniela Bakerová

Votes: 1,153

14. Flora (1989)

1 min | Animation, Short, Drama

6.5
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The last moments of a creature made out of fruits and vegetables.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,127

15. The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

10 min | Animation, Short

7.5
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A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,114

16. The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Evelyna Steimarová, Vlastimil Brodský, Milos Kopecký

Votes: 1,043

17. Manly Games (1988)

Not Rated | 14 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.5
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A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Miroslav Kuchar

Votes: 1,021

18. The Three Veterans (1984)

96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.9
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Three veterans are given magic artifacts by elves that can magically create gold, servants and any other object. They encounter greedy characters and one of them falls in love with a princess.

Director: Oldrich Lipský | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Petr Cepek, Josef Somr, Vida Neuwirthová

Votes: 950

19. Hra s kameny (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 889

20. Punch and Judy (1966)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.2
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Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Nad'a Munzarová, Jirí Procházka, Bohuslav Srámek

Votes: 886

21. Do pivnice (1983)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.6
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A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko

Votes: 882

22. Kyvadlo, jáma a nadeje (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

7.6
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A horrifying, surrealist version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" directed by the masterful animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Jan Zácek

Votes: 843

23. Et Cetera (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

6.5
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A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 808

24. The Last Trick of Mr. Schwarcewallde and Mr. Edgar (1964)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.9
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Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 793

25. Picknick mit Weismann (1969)

11 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 743

26. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)

Not Rated | 10 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.2
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A man plays the Bach piece of the title on the organ, accompanied by images of stone walls with cracks and holes that grow and shrink, intercut with images of doors and wire-meshed windows.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 691

27. The Ossuary (1970)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

7.1
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A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death).

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 691

28. Tichý týden v dome (1971)

20 min | Animation, Short

6.6
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A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms, each time seeing a different surreal vision...

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Václav Borovicka

Votes: 677

29. Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)

9 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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An eight-part portrait of animal species in the different biological classes, accompanied by a different style of music. Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 645

30. Zánik domu Usherú (1982)

15 min | Animation, Short, Horror

6.9
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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Petr Cepek

Votes: 641

31. The Garden (1968)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama

7.4
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Josef shows his friend Frank his garden and his rabbits. Frank is most interested in the unsettling fact that Josef's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jirí Hálek, Ludek Kopriva, Míla Myslíková, Václav Borovicka

Votes: 577

32. The Visitors (1983– )

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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It's the year 2484 and the Earth is threatened by a rogue comet which could fatally change its orbit. The solution is surprising - Adam Bernau, the greatest genius of 20th century developed... See full summary »

Stars: Josef Bláha, Josef Dvorák, Dagmar Patrasová, Jirí Novotný

Votes: 562

33. Hugh Cornwell: Another Kind of Love (1988 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.4
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Svankmajer's music video for Hugh Cornwell's "Another Kind of Love."

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Hugh Cornwell

Votes: 503

34. Leonarduv denik (1974)

12 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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Animated drawings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci are intercut with seemingly unrelated (but in fact strangely similar) live-action scenes.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 438

35. Castle of Otranto (1977)

Not Rated | 17 min | Animation, Short, Horror

6.7
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A mockumentary-style adaptation of the gothic 1764 novel of the same name, which includes Terry Gilliam-like animations throughout.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Milos Frýba, Jaroslav Vozáb

Votes: 430

36. Don Sajn (1971)

30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.0
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The age-old story of Don Juan, played by giant puppets.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Frantisek Filipovský

Votes: 395

37. Insect (2018)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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Amateur actors rehearsing "Pictures from the Insects' Life". The actors find themselves living out their characters' roles and hallucinating insects. "Insects", is intercut with the ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jirí Lábus, Jan Budar, Jaromír Dulava, Norbert Lichý

Votes: 342

38. Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981)

82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A science fiction writer is gifted with the ability to materialize his thoughts and inadvertently brings a group of aliens to Earth.

Director: Dusan Vukotic | Stars: Zarko Potocnjak, Lucie Zulová, Ksenia Prohaska, Jasminka Alic

Votes: 304

39. Frankenstein's Aunt (1987)

53 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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Aunt Frankenstein arrives to her nephew's castle to set things right and to clean the family name. Could she hope to work out the consensus between the angry villagers and the castle's supernatural inhabitants?

Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Martin Hreben, Gerhard Karzel, Barbara De Rossi

Votes: 273

40. Animated Self-Portraits (1989)

8 min | Animation, Short

6.6
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An animated film compiled by David Ehrlich consisting of 19 animators from different countries all explaining themselves through their animation.

Directors: Jirí Barta, Sally Cruikshank, Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo, David Ehrlich, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Renzo Kinoshita, Pavel Koutský, Candy Kugel, Mati Kütt, Nikola Majdak, Josko Marusic, Bill Plympton, Priit Pärn, Maureen Selwood, Jan Svankmajer, Osamu Tezuka, Riho Unt, Hardi Volmer, Dusan Vukotic

Votes: 217

41. Imagination (2007)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Fantasy

3.3
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Dr. Reineger is a child neuro-psychologist who has become confident that the twin Anna has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her... See full summary »

Director: Eric Leiser | Stars: Ed K. Gildersleeve, Nikki Haddad, Jessi Haddad, Courtney Sanford

Votes: 191

42. The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Early Years Vol. 1 (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

8.3
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Compilation of some of the early shorts of acclaimed Czech animator Jan Svankmajer.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Václav Borovicka, Juraj Herz, Ivan Kraus, Nad'a Munzarová

Votes: 172

43. The Ninth Heart (1979)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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A poor student must rescue an ailing princess from the castle of an evil magician, who's preparing a rejuvenating elixir from the stolen hearts of nine children.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Ondrej Pavelka, Anna Malová, Julie Juristová, Josef Kemr

Votes: 165

44. The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Later Years Vol. 2 (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

8.3
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Compilation of animated and other shorts by Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist filmmaker and artist whose work often inspired filmmakers, including Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay.

Directors: James Marsh, Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko, Jan Zácek

Votes: 127

45. Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk (2014)

134 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

1.5
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A man goes to visit Count Orlock, a deviant, adulterous, shape-shifting Transylvanian vampire.

Directors: Tony Watt, John Migliore, Vivita | Stars: Max Schreck, Vivita, Tony Watt, John Migliore

Votes: 106

46. Skalpel, prosím (1985)

114 min | Drama

7.7
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Director: Jirí Svoboda | Stars: Miroslav Machácek, Jana Brejchová, Radoslav Brzobohatý, Barbara Brylska

Votes: 79

47. The Animator of Prague (1990 TV Movie)

26 min | Documentary

6.5
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The life of Jan Svankmajer, a Czech surrealist animator, filmmaker and artist whose work inspired other influential filmmakers like Terry Gilliam. Working under Communist regime was a blessing and a curse for a creative young artist.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Michael O'Pray, Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 57

48. Blázni, vodníci a podvodníci (1981)

79 min | Comedy

4.0
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The brother and sister Zuzana (Dagmar Havlová) and Petr (Jirí Lábus) are quite a notorious couple. They are fond of preparing people unpleasant surprises and are amusing by it. They dress a... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Svoboda | Stars: Ludek Sobota, Dagmar Havlová, Jirí Lábus, Ladislava Kozderková

Votes: 29

49. The Visitors (1983– )
Episode: Návstevníci pricházejí (1983)

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Josef Bláha, Josef Dvorák, Dagmar Patrasová, Jirí Novotný

Votes: 19

50. The Visitors (1983– )
Episode: Zeme roku 2484 (1983)

Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Josef Bláha, Josef Dvorák, Dagmar Patrasová, Jirí Novotný

Votes: 18



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