Czech wizard Karel Zeman (1910-1989) was one of the most distinctive of fantasy filmmakers. His screen adventures combined live action, animation and fanciful set designs derived from 18th and 19th century engravings. In the matter of his Jules Verne adaptations, his dazzling effects often resembled watching an illustrated Victorian novel come to life. He was sometimes called the “Czech Méliès.”
In Prague there is a museum in his honor, and the Karel Zeman Museum is a partner in these beautiful new restorations, screened at the Rafael in their original Czech-language versions.