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Title: Chains of liberty : a surrealist perspective on the feature films of Jan Svankmajer
Author: Metcalf, Sarah
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2013
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Although the work of the Czech surrealist, Jan Svankmajer, is not overtly political, the films he made in the early part of his career earned the disapproval of the communist regime for their subtle critique of the social and psychological forces that exert repression on the individual. Svankmajer has stated that, since the revolution of 1989 that brought about the end of communism and heralded the arrival of a new political, social, and cultural freedom, his creative activity has been more than ever motivated by an exploration of ideas of freedom and manipulation. With the intention of discovering if, in his recent work, he continues to present a critique of contemporary life, this thesis seeks to identifying his perspective on the nature of personal freedom in a newly capitalist society through an examination of the recurring thematic concerns of the films made in this period of his career and the narrative devices he adopts to communicate these themes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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