Invention for Destruction
1958 / Czechoslovakia / FantasyDigitally restored
The Fabulous Word of Jules Verne is the most successful Czechoslovak film in history, released all around the world in 1958. During his presentation in New York, it was also showed simultaneously in 96 cinemas. This fantasy adventure won many prestigious awards, including the Grand Prize at EXPO 58 in Brussels.
This is the first of Zeman's film based on Jules Verne's prose, in which the author tried the new art style, which he then further developed. The original scenery, unique masks and innovative music of Zdeněk Liška all contributes to the unique shape of this thrilling story with anti-war overtones. Black story comes from engravings Édouard Riou and Léon Benett - the first illustrators Verne's novels.
The story of engineer Šimon Hart - continuously recorded in his diary – took place at a time when people were pushed by the belief in unstoppable progress. New inventions emerged like mushrooms after rain and attracted criminals to abuse.
Engineer Hart, along with his mentor Professor Roch, were kidnapped by the wicked Earl Artigas. The false patron of the professor's research was in fact the cynical boss of a pirate gang that dived civilian ships and stole their profits. Unsuspecting Roch didn´t realize for a long time that Artigas wanted his explosive to achieve the world domination. Engineer Hart - isolated from an old scientist in a makeshift shack – was trying to thwart the plans of villains and to inform the world about their true intentions. Meanwhile he formed a bond with young beauty Jane, who was rescued from one of the pirate´s attack. He sent a message from the villain's place in the Back Cup Isle, which gives the impression of a smoldering volcano. It was not that easy and it was harder to attack enemies, who had a deadly submarine Nautilus with a sharp spike.
- Directed by
- Karel Zeman
- Karel Zeman, František Hrubín (based on the book by Jules Verne)
- Lubor Tokoš, Arnošt Navrátil, František Šlégr, Miloslav Holub, Václav Kyzlink, Jana Zatloukalová, Felix le Breux, Otto Šimánek, Alena Kreuzmannová, František Řehák and others
- Jiří Tarantík
- Zdeněk Liška