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Karel Zeman (1910–1989)

Karel Zeman was a Czech film director, screenwriter, and animator. He is primarily remembered for creating fantasy and science fiction films which combined live-action and animation. In 1910, Zeman was born in the village of Ostromer in Austria-Hungary. The village is located near the town of Nova Paka, whose main tourist attraction is an abandoned... See full bio »


(age 78) in Prague, Czech Republic

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 1980 Karel Zeman detem (Documentary short)
 1978 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (dialogue) / (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1972 Prokouk hodinarem (Short) (based on a character created by)
 1971 The Voyage of Sinbad (Short)
 1970 On the Comet
 1967 Ukradená vzducholod (screen treatment) / (screenplay)
 1966 Pan Proukock detektivem (Short)
 1964 War of the Fools (screenplay)
 1963 Pan Proukock akrobatem (Short)
 1962 The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (screenplay)
 1960 Magic Lantern II (Documentary)
 1958 Invention for Destruction (freely adapted for the screen) / (scenario)
 1956 A Friend of Animals (Short)
 1954 Mr. Prokouk Inventor (Short) (screenplay)
 1953 Mr. Prokouk Officer (Short) (screenplay)
 1952 A Treasure on Bird Island (screenplay)
 1950 King Lavra (Short) (screenplay)
 1949 Inspiration (Short)
 1948 Mr. Prokouk Filmmaker (Short) (screenplay)
 1947 Brigade (Short)
 1947 Temptation of Mr. Prokouk (Short)
 1946 A Horseshoe for Luck (Short)
 1946 Hamster (Short)
 1946 A Christmas Dream (Short)
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More than 60 years later, his "Invention for Destruction" (1958) (U.S.: "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne" (1961)) remains the most successful Czech motion picture internationally. See more »


Fantasy films, frequently using inventive combinations of animation and live action.

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