encyclopaedic movie by Jan Švankmajer


The Czech surrealist film-director Jan Švankmajer realized in 1967 his sixth short film “Historia Naturae, Suita“, in which he gave life to some objects of  Rudolf II’s private collection, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1567 to 1612, who had a wide variety of personal hobbies such as collecting rarities, and being a patron of the arts. In his castle there were the biggest and most spectacular Kunst und Wunderkammer of entire Europe.

A eight-part animatied portrait of various species, accompanied by a different style of music – the various parts are: Aquatilia (foxtrot), Hexapoda (bolero), Pisces (blues), Reptilia (tarantella), Aves (tango), Mammalia (minuet), Simiae (polka) and Homo (waltz). Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons.


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Historia Naturae, Suita

(Cecoslovacchia, 1967)

Titolo originale: Historia Naturae, Suita

di Jan Svankmajer.