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I Filmový dobrodruh Karel Zeman I
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  • 1h 42 min
  • Documentary, Biography

This documentary portrait focusing on the exceptional Czech master of special effects and animation has everything you'd expect from work in this genre. It begins with his childhood pursuits, then follows his apprenticeship years when he made commercials for Bata, and continues with his first attempts with puppets. Then we marvel at one major international success after another, each accompanied by comments from the period press and excerpts from the relevant film. Prominent foreign filmmakers speak about their admiration for Zeman, and we hear remarkable testimonies from co-workers and also his daughter Ludmila.

Most significant, however, like a colourful and shimmering haze hovering over the film, is the obvious joy Zeman experienced from his work, resolutely seeking solutions where others had declared that it wasn't possible. A delightful documentary on the life and work of an exceptional filmmaker that regales us with interesting facts and skilfully mediates Zeman's passion for the world of special effects and animation. This resourceful film shows us how his enchanting ideas came to life, and how imagination thrives in conjunction with tireless application.

Czech Republic / Canada 2015

Director: Tomáš Hodan