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Journey to the Beginning of Time
Directed by Karel Zeman • 1955 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Petr Herrmann, Vladimír Bejval, Josef Lukáš
A beguiling mix of natural history and science fiction, this early feature by Karel Zeman follows four schoolboys on an awe-inspiring expedition back through time, where they behold landscapes and creatures that have long since vanished from the earth. Hewing closely to the scientific knowledge of its era, JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME brings its prehistoric beasts alive through a number of innovative techniques—including stop-motion, puppetry, and life-size models—creating an atmosphere of pure wonderment.