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Program

1 May 2010 00:00 - 6 Jun 2010 00:00

Karel Zeman – The Czech Mélies

A celebration of the centenary of the birth of the great Czech animator Karel Zeman (1910 – 1989), master of fantasy and inspired craftsman, who similarly to the French film wizard George Mellies has explored the possibilities offered by film making. Zeman’s combination of puppets, hand drawn animation, live action and innovative film language in his seminal works An Invention of Destruction (1958) and Baron Munchausen (1961) not only represent crucial steps in a development of an animation film but also keeps charming its audiences all over the world.


An Invention for Destruction

Sat 1 May, 13.30; Mon 3 May, 18.20

BFI Southbank, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
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Sun 23 May, 20.45

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Box office: 0845 120 7527, www.barbican.org.uk

Sat 5 June

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Box office: 0131 228 2688, www.filmhousecinema.com



Zeman’s feature animation An Invention for Destruction (aka The Fabulous World of Jules Verne) charmingly blends cartoon, puppets and live action with a style modelled on the steel engravings in Jules Verne’s original novels. The innovative film language retells the story of a mad scientist who seeks to misuse a dangerous invention, and involves submarines, balloons and a giant octopus.

Grand Prix at Expo 1958.

(Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia 1958, 81’, English language version
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Baron Münchausen

Sun 23 May, 18.00

Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Box office: 0845 120 7527, www.barbican.org.uk

Sat 29 May

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZS
Box office: 0131 228 2688, www.filmhousecinema.com

Sat 5 June, 14.00

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
Box office: 01722 321 744, www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk



An enchanting blend of fantasy and humour, Zeman’s film is based on the story of the legendary liar, Baron Münchausen. The film’s mix of stop motion animation, live action, and special effects beautifully depicting the Baron’s adventures on the moon, fighting the Turks, in the belly of the whale or riding a cannonball, achieve a timeless quality.

(Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia, 1961, 83’, English language version.)


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The Tale of John and Mary

Sun 23 May

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Box office: 0131 228 2688, www.filmhousecinema.com

Sun 6 June, 16.00

Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, London W6 9RL
Box office: 020 8237 1111, www.riversidestudios.co.uk



This last film by Karel Zeman, inspired by Czech fairy tales and illuminated manuscripts, tells the story of shepherd boy John who sets off on a journey to find happiness and success as a knight. Three elves, his advisors and guardians, help him whilst testing his character with magic. Falling in love with beautiful fairy Mary, John has to overcome many obstacles to prove that love is stronger than magic and offers the greatest happiness.

(Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia, 1980, 67’, English language version)

Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 1 May 2010 00:00
To: 6 Jun 2010 00:00

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