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Vynález zkázy (1958)

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

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Frantisek Hrubín (scenario), Jules Verne (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lubor Tokos ... Simon Hart
Arnost Navrátil Arnost Navrátil ... Profesor Roch
Miroslav Holub ... Artigas (as Miloslav Holub)
Frantisek Slégr Frantisek Slégr ... Kapitán pirátu
Václav Kyzlink Václav Kyzlink ... Ing. Serke
Jana Zatloukalová Jana Zatloukalová ... Jana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Downs ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

THE MOST WONDROUS WONDERS EVER TO EXCITE AND DELIGHT THE SCREEN! (original ad for U.S. double feature of "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne" and "Bimbo the Great" - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

August 1958 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The animation and production design of the film is intended to evoke the woodcut illustrations of the original Jules Verne novels. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

"In the new motion picture technique Mysti-Mation" [US dubbed release] See more »

Alternate Versions

The original U.S. theatrical release featured an introduction by Hugh Downs. This introduction had been removed from the television release. See more »

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Featured in Máme rádi Cesko: Episode dated 27 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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Like a dream
21 April 2016 | by flied001See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film until earlier this year when a small local revival cinema announced a showing, and being an old fan of Jules Verne I took a strong interest. I thought it was pretty amazing, the effects aren't quite like anything I've ever seen and it just felt like it took place in a kind of dream world! Other reviews say it was based on a Verne story "For the Flag" though the end credits I saw mentioned a different title I thought. I can't remember what that was; in any case I am unfamiliar with it and was obviously a precursor to some of his other better known novels. I found this movie has been issued on DVD.


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