The Fabulous World of Jules Verne /Vynález zkázy/

In 1958, this film literally circled the globe, was showered in prizes and became one of the most significant films of the 20th century. Among its other awards, it won the Grand Prix at the World Exposition EXPO 58 in Brussels.

 

Vynález zkázy /The Fabulous World of Jules Verne/

 

In 1958, this film literally circled the globe, was showered in prizes and became one of the most significant films of the 20th century. Among its other awards, it won the Grand Prix at the World Exposition EXPO 58 in Brussels.

 

It is the first of several films shot by Karel Zeman inspired by Jules Verne. Here, the director tried to create a new artistic style to bring to life images from the black and white engravings made by the first illustrators of the Jules Verne books, Édouard Riou and Leon Bennett. Later on Zeman further developed this new style, using it to create his visionary worlds.

 

Together, Verne's timeless story of an exploited inventor whose work falls into the hands of criminals threatening the entire world, along with the paper look of the scenery, and dramatic stylization throughout the film all contribute to the unique visual effect and atmosphere of this work of cinematic art.

 

Cast: A. Navrátil, L. Tokoš, F. Šlégr, M. Holub, J. Zatloukalová

Music: Zdeněk Liška

Directed by: Karel Zeman

 

Bonus materials for the film “The Fabulous World of Jules Vernes”

The Birth of a Film Legend

Why Zeman Made the Film

The Sea through the Lens of Karel Zeman

His Best Special Effects I

His Best Special Effects II

The Legend Continues

The Life of Karel Zeman

The Filmography of Karel Zeman

In the Steps of Karel Zeman (Clarinet Factory mix 5.1)

The Karel Zeman Museum