THE FILMS OF KAREL ZEMAN: Inspiration + The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Co-presented by Czech That Film


A sparking, splendorous, 35mm strip of joie de vivre, Inspiration is perhaps Karel Zeman’s most dizzyingly impressive work. With unimaginable precision, Zeman tells a story in a fragile, miniature world, animating hand-blown glass! He’s master of this delicate universe, like a painter, sculptor, and dreamer all at once. You’ve got to see this one to believe it.

Dir. Karel Zeman, 1949, 35mm, 10 min.

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

The oft-adapted tales of Baron Munchausen provide ideal fodder for Karel Zeman’s unique stylings, in this ceaselessly playful staple of Czech film. A mixture of live action and animation that takes us through romantically rendered space—from moon to earth, ocean to ocean, and through the belly of a whale—The Fabulous Baron Munchausen is a visual feast from beginning to end, evoking the engravings of Gustave Doré and proof Zeman mostly certainly deserves his unofficial title, “the Czech Méliès.”

Dir. Karel Zeman, 1962, 35mm, 83 min.

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