Karel Zeman
Ostomer (Austro-Hungarian Empire), Prague (Czechoslovakia)


Czech filmmaker, screenwriter and artistic director Karel Zeman was born in the Austro-Hungarian city of Ostomer in 1910 and died in Prague in 1989. Known as the Czech Georges Méliès, he developed original animation techniques over the course of his career, combining puppets and drawings in the same film or using blown glass figures in animations. He is also famous for staging actors against backdrops of original engravings. He adapted several Jules Verne novels for the screen.


A Deadly Invention (1958)
Animated film, black and white, 83 minutes