• A Christmas Dream

    1 video

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1945 • Czechoslovakia

    This early short from 1945 showcases the technical skill, wit, and creativity of director Karel Zeman.

  • Journey to the Beginning of Time

    8 videos

    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 an...

  • Invention for Destruction

    12 videos

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1958 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Lubor Tokoš, Arnošt Navrátil, František Šlégr

    This eye-popping escapade revolves around a scientist and his doomsday machine—and the pirates who will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. Freely adapting the fiction of Jules Verne, and...

  • About the Restoration

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2015, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Lubor Tokoš, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION.

  • Restoration Demonstration

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2015, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Lubor Tokoš, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION.

  • Special-Effects Techniques

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2015, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Lubor Tokoš, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION.

  • Special Effects Techniques

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2016, this short documentary focuses on Zeman's special effects work.

  • Restoration Demonstration

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2016, this short documentary explores the restoration of THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN.

  • Restoration Demonstration

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2019, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Zdeněk Husták, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

  • Special-Effects Techniques

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2019, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Zdeněk Husták, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

  • Where the Film Was Shot

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2019, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Zdeněk Husták, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

  • The Birth of a Film Legend

    Produced by the Karel Zeman Museum in 2019, these short documentaries feature new and archival interviews with Zeman, actor Zdeněk Husták, artist Ludmila Zeman, and others on the production, effects, and restoration of JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

  • The Birth of a Film Legend

    In this program, director Karel Zeman; his daughter, artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová; and producer Karel Hutěčka discuss Zeman’s influences and self-education in the craft of animation.

  • The Cast

    In the following program, actor Miloš Kopecký and artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová discuss how director Karel Zeman worked with performers and directed them during complex photographic effects sequences.

  • Making Magic

    In this conversation, filmed by the Criterion Collection in 2019, animator and visual-effects supervisor Phil Tippett and visual-effects artist Jim Aupperle discuss their appreciation for director Karel Zeman and his cinematic techniques.

  • The Night Before Christmas

    1 season

    See the magic of Christmas Eve through a child’s eyes in these glowingly nostalgic visions of holiday enchantment. On the night before Christmas, toys come to life through the wonders of stop motion in Czech animation wizard Karel Zeman’s delightfully imaginative fantasia A CHRISTMAS DREAM. It’s ...

  • Intimate Lighting
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    Czechoslovak New Wave - Cze...

    Intimate Lighting

    Czechoslovak New Wave - Czechoslovak New Wave

    Directed by Ivan Passer • 1965 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Zdenek Bezusek, Karel Blazek, Vera Kresadlová

    One of the most beloved films of the Czechoslovak New Wave, this digressive, easygoing slice of life takes place over the course of a weekend in a provincial town where a musician returns, alon...