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 (Miloslav Holub), who plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world.
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Méliès, of course!, but also an entire Cinema that inherited the soul of pure cinematic inventiveness, from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Richard Fleischer to "Le Soulier de Satin" by Manoel de Oliveira. Although the rhythm of the narrative is somehow a bit loose, what matters is the astonishment at the formal achievement that puts in the same level of visibility the human and trickery, that is, body and spirit.
Zeman's masterpiece: gorgeous, elegant, unfailingly droll and even gripping!
This towers above the works of Svankmajer Gilliam, Burton, Maddin, the Brothers Quay and any number of the unique director's would-be pupils, despite its relative obscurity.