Directed by Jan Švankmajer • 1982 • Czechoslovakia
Jan Švankmajer, the Czech maestro of the absurdist and the grotesque, is at his visceral best in this allegorical short. Featuring three takes on the concept of communication, Dimensions of Dialogue showcases Švankmajer’s perverse fascination with the material “stuff” of stop motion animation, as he squelches together clay, foodstuffs, toothpaste, shoelaces, books, pencil sharpeners, and more in an extended riff on the thin lines between destruction, creation, and transformation.
DIMENSIONS OF DIALOGUE • MOŽNOSTI DIALOGU
Written and directed by Jan Švankmajer
Cinematography by Vladimír Malík
Music by Jan Klusák
In Czech with English subtitles