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“The Fabulous World of Karel Zeman”

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Posted February 21, 2014

At Teleport City, Keith reports on his visit to the Film Special Effects Museum / Muzeum Karla Zemana, writes about Zeman and five of Zeman’s films: “If you took special effects film pioneer Georges Melies and combined him with stop motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen and surreal fantasist Terry Gilliam, then taught him to speak Czech, you’d have a filmmaker very close to Karel Zeman. In fact, the latter two filmmakers were influences or influenced by Zeman. Harryhausen was a contemporary, and so the two men played off of one another’s work. And Gilliam frequently names Zeman as one of the biggest influences on the former Monty Pythoner’s exquisitely designed fantasy films.”

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