The Art of Czech Animation: A History of Political Dissent and Allegory (Hardcover)

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The Art of Czech Animation is the first comprehensive English language account of Czech animation from the 1920s to the present, covering both 2D animation forms and CGI, with a focus upon the stop-motion films of Jir Trnka, Herm na T rlov , Jan Svankmajer and Jir Barta.

Stop-motion is a highly embodied form of animation and The Art of Czech Animation develops a new materialist approach to studying these films. Instead of imposing top-down Film Theory onto its case studies, the book's analysis is built up from close readings of the films themselves, with particular attention given to their non-human objects.

In a time of environmental crisis, the unique way Czech animated films use allegory to de-centre the human world and give a voice to non-human aspects of the natural world points us towards a means by which culture can increase ecological awareness in viewers.

Such a refutation of a human-centred view of the world was contrary to communist orthodoxy and it remains so under late-stage consumer-capitalism. As such, these films do not only offer beautiful examples of allegory, but stand as models of political dissent. The Art of Czech Animation is a unique endeavour of film philosophy to provide a materialist appraisal of a heretofore neglected strand of Central-Eastern European cinema.

About the Author

Adam Whybray is Lecturer in Film at the University of Suffolk, UK.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350104594
ISBN-10: 1350104590
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English