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From the KimStim Collection
The Ossuary and Other Tales
9 films by Jan Svankmajer
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Since his first film in 1964, Jan Svankmajer (LITTLE OTIK, LUNACY) has made some of the most memorable and unique movies ever made. Animator, poet, sculptor, designer and self-proclaimed "militant Surrealist, his films present a delirious combination of puppets, humans, stop-motion animation and live action. Svankmajer's films conjure up a dreamlike universe that is at once dark, macabre, witty and perversely visceral. Or, as the great director Milos Forman once offered, "Disney + Bu˝uel = Svankmajer."

KIMSTIM is proud to present this second astounding collection of remarkable short works from an artist who has mesmerized audiences the world over and has inspired filmmakers from the Brothers Quay to Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam.

"Unless we again begin to tell fairy tales and ghost stories before going to sleep and recounting our dreams upon waking, nothing more is to be expected of our Western civilization." - Jan Svankmajer


THE LAST TRICK 1964/color/11:30 mins

DON JUAN 1970/color/31 mins

THE GARDEN 1968, B&W, 19 mins

HISTORIA NATURAE 1967, color, 9 mins

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1965, black & white, 9:30 mins

THE OSSUARY 1970, black & white, 10 mins

CASTLE OF OTRANTO 1973-79, color, 17 mins

DARKNESS / LIGHT / DARKNESS 1989, color, 8 mins

MANY GAMES 1988, color, 12 mins



127 minutes / color/b&w
Release: 2014
Copyright: 1988
DVD Sale: $24.95

Subject areas:
Animated Films, KimStim Collection

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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: One of cinema's most consistently surprising, wildly imaginative, and remarkable surrealists of our time.

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Alois Nebel: It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border.

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