Bringing up baby
Jan Švankmajer interviewed
about Otesánek (Little Otík, 2000)
Švankmajer's latest feature film is, perhaps, his most conventional work to date. But as the director tells Peter Hames, Otesánek is another angle on a theme that has obsessed him for a long time.
An alchemist's nightmares
Extracts from Jan Švankmajer's diary
In the pre-production phase of Otesánek (Little Otík), Jan Švankmajer confides to his diary about his occasional doubts in himself and the film, LSD-induced flashbacks he used to experience and dreams that haunt him at night.
Dark wonders and
the Gothic sensibility
Něco z Alenky (Alice, 1987)
Švankmajer's films may not be straight horror, but they draw on Gothic literary sources and have a definite appeal to horror film fans, as Brigid Cherry explains.