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The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

Released 1961
Distributor Warner Bros.

The imaginative films of Czech animator/director Karel Zeman were poorly served in the West, usually presented if at all in heavily Americanized recuts. This brilliantly designed 1957 gem wasn’t released in the US until four years later and in the wrong screen ratio (the trailer obviously cuts off the top and bottom of the 1:33 frame). The original version, The Deadly Invention, can be seen online in its entirety with English subtitles here: The Deadly Invention

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.