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The Deadly Invention (1958)
"Vynález zkázy" (original title)

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An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

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Complete credited cast:
Lubor Tokos ...
Simon Hart
Arnost Navrátil ...
Profesor Roch
Miroslav Holub ...
Artigas (as Miloslav Holub)
Frantisek Slégr ...
Kapitán pirátu
Václav Kyzlink ...
Ing. Serke
Jana Zatloukalová ...
Jana
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An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

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The close up shot of the big cannons on the cruiser that is sent to search the count's ship was inspired by a similar shot of the battleship Potemkin in Eisestein's 1927 silent masterpiece. See more »

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This movie is obviously set in the late 19th century - the 1890s. The steamship Savannah in the opening of the film crossed the Atlantic in 1819 - a good 70 years before the story takes place. See more »

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Referenced in Invention of Beauty (1994) See more »

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A wonderful adventure movie with a unique look
10 February 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The movie is based on a Jules Verne book I actually have read once, about ten years ago. I remember I liked the book a lot, and this movie does a good job in telling the story. The most important thing in this movie isn't the story, however, but the highly original visual look it has.

The visuals are absolutely beautiful, and they are apparently achieved by a clever combination of animated drawings combined with live actors, stop-motion animation and sets that are painted so that they look much like from an animated movie. Combined by Jules Verne's own unique versions of airplanes and submarines and Karel Zeman's good directing results in a very well done and convincing visual style that manages to effectively hold one's attention until the end of the movie.

There are some problems as well, one of the underwater scenes at the end takes maybe needlessly lot of time for example, as the story in the first part of the movie is rushed through quite quickly. None of this matters much though since the movie is always highly enjoyable. A gem that deserves to be more well known for today's audiences as well. A recommended movie for the whole family.


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