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A postcard from Doctor Kafka

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From the German National Library, a postcard dated 1918 from Franz Kafka to his publisher, Kurt Wolff. These are press images so the links are to big scans. Previously on { feuilleton } • Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker • Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Golem • Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka • Kafka and Kupka

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Bruges-la-Morte

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Portrait of Georges Rodenbach by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1895). Georges Rodenbach’s short, atmospheric novel is one of the key texts of Symbolism, not only for its themes but also for the art it either inspired or complemented. Bruges-la-Morte was first published in 1892 and the recent Dedalus Books edition, edited by Alan Hollinghurst and with a […]

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The illustrators archive

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Previous posts about illustrators. • Claude Shepperson’s First Men in the Moon • Oesterreichische Monatsbilder • Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey • James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art • The artists of Future Life • Albert Robida’s Contes Drolatiques • Gustave Doré’s Contes Drolatiques • Émile […]

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Karel Zeman

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Inspiration (1949). Karel Zemen (1910–1989) is a filmmaker I’m often telling people about but whose work isn’t easy to see. So it’s good to find that YouTube has gained some clips of his animations and examples of the partly-animated adventure films he made in the Fifties and Sixties. Zeman was yet another great Czech animator […]

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Golem

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Der Golem, first edition (1915) and Dover reprint (1986). Illustrations by Hugo Steiner-Prag. Before leaving Prague (for the time being), it’s worth mentioning the lithograph illustrations by Hugo Steiner-Prag (1880–1945) for Gustav Meyrink’s The Golem. These atmospheric drawings always remind me of the production sketches Albin Grau created for Murnau’s Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens […]

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Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka

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Do you detect a theme this week? The recent Pragueness had me watching this favourite film again. I unfairly dismissed Soderbergh after his debut, Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), which I found to be two hours of yuppie tedium despite its winning the Palme D’Or at Cannes. That prize did enable him to make Kafka […]

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Alexander Hammid

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Two short films by Maya Deren’s husband are now available for viewing at Ubuweb. I’ve known about Hammid’s work for years but this is the first time I’ve seen any of it so these additions are very welcome. In a reversal of the usual state of affairs, the works of the wife overshadowed those of […]

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Jan Svankmajer: The Complete Short Films

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Historia Naturae, Suita (1967). Another very welcome DVD release from the BFI. Svankmajer’s shorts have always been my favourites of his film work. I love his Alice feature film (for me, the best screen adaptation of Alice in Wonderland), and Faust (although the jabbering devils get annoying) but on the whole his longer films don’t […]

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Short films by Walerian Borowczyk

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Les Astronautes (1959). A nice collection of shorts by Walerian Borowczyk (1923–2006) at Ubuweb including this animated piece from 1959 which was co-directed by Chris Marker. The style is immediately reminiscent of that employed by Raoul Servais in Harpya and other films; it’s also not far removed from Terry Gilliam’s animation but it predates both. […]

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Taxandria, or Raoul Servais meets Paul Delvaux

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La Rue du Tramway (1938) by Paul Delvaux. Taxandria (1994) is a feature-length fantasy film by Belgian animator Raoul Servais that’s received little attention outside his native country, possibly because it failed in the marketplace and has been deemed too weird or uncommercial to export. You only have to compare the export version of Harry […]

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Karel Plicka’s views of Prague

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Bridge Street, from Prague in Pictures (1940). A shame there isn’t more of Plicka’s atmospheric photography on the web, his views of Prague present the city the way we usually imagine it from the stories of Kafka and Gustav Meyrinck. This site features a very small selection from the 220 plates that comprise his Prague […]

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Barta’s Golem

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The Pied Piper. Jiri Barta is a great Czech animator whose 1985 film, The Pied Piper, is an extraordinary, hour-long re-telling of the familiar fable. In Barta’s version, the medieval town and its inhabitants are rendered as beautifully-carved, Expressionist wood figures, and Barta twists the story in a darker direction by having the Pied Piper […]

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