Jan Svankmajer – Meat Love (1989)

Jan Svankmajer - Meat Love (1989)

Jan Švankmajer (born 4 September 1934 in Prague) is a Czech surrealist artist. His work spans several media. He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Quay and many others. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. He is still making films in Prague at the time of writing. Švankmajer’s trademarks include very exaggerated sounds, often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes. He often uses very sped-up sequences when people walk and interact. His movies often involve inanimate objects coming alive and being brought to life through stop-motion. Food is a favourite subject and medium. Stop-motion features in most of his work, though his feature films also include live action to varying degrees. A lot of his movies, like the short film Down to the Cellar, are made from a child’s perspective, while at the same time often having a truly disturbing and even aggressive nature. In 1972 the communist authorities banned him from making films, and many of his later films were banned. He was almost unknown in the West until the early 1980s. Today he is one of the most celebrated animators in the world. His best known works are probably the feature films Alice (1988), Faust (1994), Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), Little Otik (2000
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Study- Red Meat Increases Risk of Premature Death

BY ELIZABETH RINEHART ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN A new study claims just one serving of red meat per day has a detrimental effect on your health. NBC has more. “13 percent of people in this study were more likely to die if they ate a 3-oz serving of meat just once a day. Fourteen percent were more likely to develop heart disease or cancer. Those numbers go up if you add hot dogs or bacon into the equation or your diet.” The researchers behind the study are from the Harvard School of Public Health. The Chicago Sun Times explains they… “…analyzed the diet, health and death data on [more than 100000 men and women]. Participants completed questionnaires about their diets every four years. During the study follow-up period of more than two decades, nearly 24000 of the participants died, including 5910 from heart disease and 9464 from cancer.” The Sun Times reports the researchers factored out other variables things like age, weight, physical activity and family history. The Guardian argues — while the information may seem shocking, it’s not as alarming as some in the media are making it out to be. “The extremely casual reader may erroneously take away the information that eating a portion of bacon a day gives you a one in five chance of dying that very day, the reality is rather less alarming. It means that if 1000 non-red-meat-eaters are going to die prematurely over a given period, then 1130 red-meat-eaters will.” A writer for the Los Angeles Times pokes fun at one part of

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