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Invention for Destruction + Introduction (PG)

  • Invention for Destruction + Introduction



The most successful Czechoslovakian film in history, which became a global phenomenon in 1958. In New York alone it was screened simultaneously in 96 cinemas. This fantasy adventure won a number of prestigious awards, including the Grand Prix at EXPO 58 in Brussels. Invention for Destruction has been digitally restored by The Czech Film Foundation, Karel Zeman Museum and Czech Television.

When genius scientist Professor Roche and his aide, Simon Hart, are abducted by pirates, the professor doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation. But Simon realizes that the pirates want to use Roche’s newest invention, a strong explosive, for world domination. With Roche isolated, Simon tries to thwart the plans of pirate captain Artigas by sending a balloon with a message to the outside. Little does he know, Roche has a clever plan of his own.

This is the first of Zeman’s films to be inspired by Jules Verne, in which the director tries out a new style of art direction, which he was later to develop even further. The story-book sets, striking design and innovative music of Zdeněk Liška – all contribute to the unique appearance of this thrilling story with its anti-war subtext. The black and white narrative is deeply influenced by the classic engravings of Édouard Riou and Léon Bennett – the original illustrators of Verne’s novels. 

Event/ We will be joined by Ondřej Beránek, producer of the documentary Film Adventurer Karel Zeman which screens prior to this event at 15:50 in Cinema 1 on Tuesday.

Foreign TitleThe Fabulous World of Jules Verne
Director: Karel Zeman
Country: Czechoslovakia
Year: 1958
Language: Czech with English Subtitles


Date & Time: Tue, 17 Nov - 18:20
Approx. Runtime: 78 mins
Certification:PG
Venue: Cinema 2
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