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Karel Zeman: Adventurer in Film (2015)

Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (original title)
A biographical film looking back at the life, work and significance of the genius of world cinema. It reveals the inspiration sources of his work and looks into the kitchen of the film ... See full summary »

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Tomás Hodan (as Tomas Hodan), Tomás Hodan

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Ondrej Beránek (as Ondrej Beranek), Tomás Hodan | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tim Burton ... Himself
Tony Dalton Tony Dalton ... Him-self
Kamil Fila ... Himself
Terry Gilliam ... Himself
Petr Herrmann Petr Herrmann ... Himself
Zdenek Hustak Zdenek Hustak ... Himself
Karel Hutecka Karel Hutecka ... Himself
Zdenek Krupa Zdenek Krupa ... Himself
Josef Lukás Josef Lukás ... Himself
Boris Masník Boris Masník ... Himself
Kôsei Ono Kôsei Ono ... Himself
Michal Pospísil Michal Pospísil ... Himself
Valentina Thielová ... Herself
Emília Vásáryová ... Herself
Magda Vásáryová ... Herself
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A biographical film looking back at the life, work and significance of the genius of world cinema. It reveals the inspiration sources of his work and looks into the kitchen of the film tricks pioneer. As an absolute solitaire in his field, he created his own world based purely on his imagination. He was a complete autodidact and is therefore not easily classifiable into any film wave or direction. This extremely hardworking, resourceful man and a perfectionist, yet always preserving the ability to see the world from a child's perspective is without any doubt one of the most successful and celebrated Czech filmmakers in the world. Thanks to their inner poetry and sincerity, his films do not age. Written by dramaturge

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July 2015 (Czech Republic) See more »

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Filmový dobrodruh Karel Zeman See more »

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Karel Zeman - Adventurer in Film is a biographical film looking back at the life, work and significance of the genius of world cinema. It reveals the inspiration sources of his work and looks into the kitchen of the film tricks pioneer. As an absolute solitaire in his field, he created his own world based purely on his imagination. He was a complete autodidact and is therefore not easily classifiable into any film wave or direction. This extremely hardworking, resourceful man and a perfectionist, yet always preserving the ability to see the world from a child's perspective is without any doubt one of the most successful and celebrated Czech filmmakers in the world. Thanks to their inner poetry and sincerity, his films do not age. See more »

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A career perspective and a how to manual
27 May 2017 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

A loving look at Karel Zeman, an iconoclastic Czech animator, made by the museum dedicated to preserving his work. There has been nobody else like Zeman in the history of motion pictures, although if you were able to create a new person by mashing together Ray Harryhausen and Georges Melies you might get a close approximation. Zeman made a number of animated shorts and features as well as a number of live action movies with animation that are utterly charming and still hold up well today.

The documentary is made up of three components: clips from his movies, interviews with collaborators and fans (such as Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton), and sequences of animation students trying to replicate his effects. The clips are fantastic (although there aren't enough of them) and the interviews are informative. The bits with the students didn't work for me and dragged the film down, but people who are interested in how animation works would probably get a lot out of them.

Watching the clips of his work in this movie made me wonder if maybe animation didn't take a wrong turn somewhere along the line. The trend now is for hyper reality, while Zeman reveled in animation's artificiality. It is fun to speculate as what an animator could do with CGI to make a purposefully artificial looking movie, but I don't suppose any Hollywood studio would green light that. This documentary gives us a glimpse of what we are missing.


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