With the Christmas season underway many of Prague’s museums and galleries are offering special events and programs, among them a museum dedicated to the seminal works of the great 20th century animator and film director Karel Zeman - behind films like Journey to the Beginning of Time and Baron Munchausen. The Karel Zeman Museum has plenty planned for each advent weekend, including a steampunk robot photographer ready to snap visitors’ pictures.
The world premiere of the digitally restored copy of Baron Prášil or The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen, a legendary film by Karel Zeman, will launch this year’s edition of the Zlín International Film Festival, which gets underway on Friday. The 1961 film, combining live action with various forms of animation, was restored within a project called We are cleaning up the world of fantasy, which aims to digitally restore three films by the visionary filmmaker. The new version of The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen will be screened for the first time on Thursday in Prague’s Lucerna cinema.
The UK's Second Run DVD recently celebrated 10 years of existence and 100 releases. About a quarter of the reissue company’s titles have been Czechoslovak films, ranging from the relatively famous Intimate Lighting by Ivan Passer to Adelheid, a lesser known work by František Vláčil, director of the classic Marketa Lazarová. When I met the company’s founder Mehelli Modi at a busy London café I wanted to know how he selects the Czechoslovak movies he released. As he explained, it all springs from his own passion for film.
World premiere of the digitally restored copy of the legendary Czech film by Karel Zeman, 'Vynález zkázy' ('Invention for Destruction'), was held at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday night. The 1958 loose adaptation of Jules Verne's novel 'Facing the Flag' remains one of the most succesfull films in the country's history. It evokes the original illustrations for Verne's works by combining live actors with various forms of animation. The digital restoration of the film is part of a joint project of the Karel Zeman Museum, The Czech Film Foundation and Czech Television.
This Saturday, June 13, sees the 12th annual Prague Museum Night, when dozens of museums and other cultural institutions will remain open to visitors long after closing. One venue which is participating is the Karel Zeman Museum – dedicated to the work of one of Czechoslovakia’s greatest animators and film innovators.
It’s hard to say when the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague is busier: during the school year or the summer months. The museum, dedicated to the work of visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman who created legendary children’s films like Journey to the Beginning of Time, was only opened less than two years ago but has become a major attraction.
Tim Burton is known for distinctive, stylised movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now aficionados can enjoy the director’s art at a new exhibition in Prague simply entitled Tim Burton and His World. Ahead of its opening, the filmmaker recalled a previous trip to the city – and taking inspiration from a Czech filmmaker.
November 3 marks the anniversary of the birth of the great Czech animator Karel Zeman, who died in 1989. Mr Zeman, who directed numerous children’s classics, including The Fabulous World of Jules Verne or Journey to Prehistory. On the occasion of the anniversary, Czech Post has released a new stamp in the director’s memory; he has also been commemorated in his home town.
In the history of Czech film there have been few animators who have been more important than Karel Zeman, whose career spanning from the late 1940s to the '80s continues to be admired today. The author, often compared to the French film wizard Georges Melies, was himself a master of fantasy, capturing the imagination of countless young viewers. One of his most famous films, Cesta do praveku - Journey to Prehistory, or Journey to the Beginning of Time, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It is at this seminal work by Karel Zeman, that we