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152 Ratings

Invention for Destruction

Vynález zkázy

Directed by Karel Zeman
Czechoslovakia, 1958
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure


The Czechoslovakia-filmed Fabulous World of Jules Verne is based on the 1896 Verne novel Face the Flag. The story concerns the machinations of evil millionaire Artigas, who plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world.

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Invention for Destruction Directed by Karel Zeman

Critics reviews

What gave the film its surreal and almost transcendent quality was Zeman’s life long love of Verne, and his agility and skill in creating striking visual effects to bring Verne’s stories to life.
June 13, 2015
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These movies have a number of elements that keep them from caving in under their own sense of wonder: their manic bursts of bustling activity, their dense, sometimes jarring compositions, their reckless narrative speed. Still, it’s striking that their artistic models are all either somehow naïve in their deceptions—the hand-tinted fixed-camera trick films of George Méliès and Segundo de Chomón—or so stiffly formalized as to be totally transparent about their own illusion-making…
August 21, 2014
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