Monday, November 15, 2010

invention for destruction

mystimation!


simon hart (lubor tokos) journeys to work as the assistant to eminent scientist, professor roch (arnost navratil), but soon finds himself being kidnapped and taken to the volcanic island of count artigas (miroslav holub), who plans on using the naive professor's genius to his evil ends...

an absolutely beautifully created, jules verne inspired film from czechoslovakia. produced in 1958 by karel zeman, the film uses his "mystimation" process in an attempt to make the film look like the original woodcut illustrations which appeared in the books of verne. the print looked amazing and really showed off the incredibly crafted sets, trick photography and special effects.

a joy to watch...

i hope that a dvd materialises...

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