The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

  • Directed by Karel Zeman
  • Czech Republic, 1958, 84 mins.

Originally released in the United States in 1961, Zeman’s classic film is based on Jules Verne’s nineteenth-century tale of a professor kidnapped by a band of pirates who want to use his invention to take over the world. A dazzling blend of live action and cut-out and puppet animation, its series of set pieces grow more astounding scene by scene as we dive into Verne’s fabulous world of flying machines, submarines and mysterious creatures. With an eye-popping style based on engravings by Édouard Riou and Léon Bennett—illustrators of Verne’s novels—the film became a global phenomenon and remains the most popular Czech film in history. “[A] wonderful giddy science fantasy…sustains the Victorian tone, with its delight in the magic of science, that makes Verne seem so playfully archaic.”—Pauline Kael.

Appears in: New Czech Cinema

Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi