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Review of Jan Svankmajer’s Faust (1994) – Playing on the Webster Film Series Virtual Cinema Beginning September 18th

Review of Jan Svankmajer’s Faust (1994) – Playing on the Webster Film Series Virtual Cinema Beginning September 18th

Jan Svankmajer’s Faust (1994) starts playing on the Webster Film Series Virtual Cinema on 09/18. Please visit webster.edu/film-series for more information. A link to the screening room can be found Here

Review by Stephen Tronicek

I’ve heard my father’s home country of the Czech Republic (Czechia) called, “The Wild West of Europe.” That people went there when they, “wanted to do drugs and shoot illegal fireworks.” It’s quite fitting then, that whatever Czech cinema I have experienced tends to break rules and throw all genre constraints out the window. From the groundbreaking satire of Miloš Forman, to the surreal experiments of Věra Chytilová, Czech cinema has never feared being different.

This brings us to Jan Švankmajer, the stop-motion animation guru behind some of Czech cinemas best films. Švankmajer’s approach to allegorical storytelling comes with the same tongue in cheek demeanor of Forman and Chytilová, but

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