Silent Dialogue: Philosophising with Jan Švankmajer

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Jan Švankmajer does not appear to be a filmmaker to whom words come easily. Many of the short films for which he is best known (including all but one of the eleven shorts collected in the BFI’s two-volume selection of his work)1 are characterised by a wholesale rejection of the spoken word. Few contemporary directors are capable of making feature-length movies that contain not a single word of dialogue, but Švankmajer achieved this in his 1996 film Conspirators of Pleasure. Some of his experimental techniques might even be said to call into question the need for inventing Vitaphone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFilm as Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell
EditorsRupert Read, Jerry Goodenough
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9780230524262
ISBN (Print)9781403997951
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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