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Don Juan, a film by Jan Svankmajer

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I’ve been reading Thomas Ligotti for the past week so here’s something Ligottian: a short film performed by life-size wooden puppets. Svankmajer’s production from 1969 conveys the Don Juan legend with actors masquerading as traditional Czech marionettes, the proceedings being scored by music from the great Zdenek Liska. No English subtitles on this one so if you don’t speak Czech or Russian you can either relish the mystery or take it as a prompt to buy a DVD. While we’re on the subject of Ligotti, the new Penguin edition of Songs of a Dead Dreamer/Grimscribe is published next week. I recommend it.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope
Two sides of Liska
The Torchbearer by Václav Svankmajer

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by herr doktor bimler

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    if you don’t speak Czech or Russian you can either relish the mystery or take it as a prompt to buy a DVD

    I prefer to think that all your readers already own copies of the BFI “Svankmeyer: Complete Short Films” collection.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    One would hope so but I try not to be too presumptuous.

 


 

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