Thursday, May 11, 2017

Czech It Out

Our friend Jim Donahue has written a new piece at The Daily Grindhouse, on Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman and The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958), a unique proto-steam punk adventure that looks like the results of cold fusion between Georges Méliès and Industrial Light and Magic.

If you are of a certain age, you may have seen this black-and-white wonder on TV or at a Saturday matinee, and will be relieved to discover it actually exists, and wasn't just another chick pox-induced fever dream. For younger readers denied a chance to catch the film before it disappeared -- like Butch Wax and cigarette commercials -- in the 1970s, Jim provides a fascinating exegesis, along with a helpful link to a very watchable print.

Click here to read the article.

3 comments:

Jeff Ryan said...

Norwood (MA) Theater, Saturday Matinee. And I thought it was a ripoff, even at that age.

Hank said...

Actually, this film was still making the rounds on the local UHF channel's late-night movie back in the Eighties. I still have the Beta tape I made of it, way back when, which I dubbed to a DVD-R a few years back.

It's not for everybody, but I think it's a great movie, especially if you're into Victorian and Edwardian SF. Even if Jim hadn't written such an informative essay, it would have been worthwhile just for the link to that excellent print.

Thanks for passing that along, Scott.

Jim Donahue said...

Many thanks for posting, Scott.

Hank--glad you enjoyed reading this.

Jim