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28 December 2018: Invention for Destruction


Invention for Destruction
Karel Zeman
1958 | 82 min | B/W | Digital
Czech with English subtitles

"In this delightfully imaginative mix of live action and animation, pirates kidnap a professor to steal his formula for explosives and take over the world. Czech legend Karel Zeman brings his 19th-century Jules Verne tale to life as if it’s a book with engraved illustrations, using live sets, stop-motion, cel animation, matte backgrounds, and enough line patterns to rival a piece of Op Art. The tale stirs together Verne’s flights of fancy – including that wondrous submarine and a volcano hideout – with a droll sense of gallantry and derring-do. It’s also known as [The Fabulous World of Jules Verne], but by any name, its playful details are best appreciated on the big screen." – Film Society of Lincoln Center

Part of Take Two: Karel Zeman