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On the Comet (1970)

Na komete (original title)
When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Jan Procházka, Jules Verne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Magda Vásáryová ... Angelika
Emil Horváth ... Porucík Servadac (as Emil Horváth ml.)
Frantisek Filipovský ... plukovník Picard
Cestmír Randa ... Spanelský konzul
Josef Vetrovec ... Sejk
Jirina Jirásková ... Ester
Vladimír Mensík ... Silberman
Miroslav Holub ... Hikmet
Karel Effa ... Kaprál Ben
Josef Hlinomaz ... kapitán Lacoste
Jaroslav Mares ... Kaprál Lafitte
Eduard Kohout ... Murphy
Zdena Bronislavská Zdena Bronislavská ... Tanecnice v kavárne
Steva Marsálek Steva Marsálek ... Muhdí (as Stevo Marsálek)
Karel Pavlík ... Oliphant
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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon dealer's ship, and her two brothers, who are searching her. Then there's a group of natives, who plan a rebellion against the French colonists. All these conflicts become secondary when the people finally realize that they are doomed to live together on an alien planet. However this time of peace and world-happiness won't last for long... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The film is a combination of animated and live action film. Animation is based on illustrations for Verne's novels. The story is presented in grotesque way, especially conflicts between British and French soldiers. Zeman added a romantic plot that includes Hector Servadac and Angelica. See more »

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Version of Valley of the Dragons (1961) See more »

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Zeman and Vernes Marvel
14 November 2017 | by wayne-963-829517See all my reviews

For some reason, I've watched this movie more times than any other! I had an English VHS that ran LP and it didn't matter. This movie is just so much fun. Zeman seems to have an endless bag of tricks that fit the story to a T.

It's a perfect sci-fantasy flick in just about every way done in Zeman's immersive imaginative way. A young "foreign legion" officer finds himself in a sea of conflicts as he tries to help the "girl of his dreams". All the while the world is facing cataclysm from a "close approaching" comet. Zeman is the master of what I would call, "impressionistic cinema" where surrealism adds immense detail to the story somehow.

The score is lavish and simple at the same time and pulls you in with it's odd orchestral intensity and has it's own surrealism. The action is packed with visual finesse. The actors are comical in the reactions to their situations and there lays a wealth of social commentary. Like the young officer's pointing out to his "lady in distress" a strange creature making evolutionary transformations before his eyes, only in the reverse order... Lot's of great "sight gags".

I've lost my VHS copy... too bad!


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

9 October 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hector Servadac's Ark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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