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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Jan Procházka, Jules Verne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Magda Vásáryová ... Angelika
Emil Horváth ... Porucík Servadac (as Emil Horváth ml.)
Frantisek Filipovský ... plukovník Picard
Cestmír Randa ... Spanelský konzul
Josef Vetrovec ... Sejk
Jirina Jirásková ... Ester
Vladimír Mensík ... Silberman
Miroslav Holub ... Hikmet
Karel Effa ... Kaprál Ben
Josef Hlinomaz ... kapitán Lacoste
Jaroslav Mares ... Kaprál Lafitte
Eduard Kohout ... Murphy
Zdena Bronislavská Zdena Bronislavská ... Tanecnice v kavárne
Steva Marsálek Steva Marsálek ... Muhdí (as Stevo Marsálek)
Karel Pavlík Karel Pavlík ... Oliphant
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When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon dealer's ship, and her two brothers, who are searching her. Then there's a group of natives, who plan a rebellion against the French colonists. All these conflicts become secondary when the people finally realize that they are doomed to live together on an alien planet. However this time of peace and world-happiness won't last for long... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The film is a combination of animated and live action film. Animation is based on illustrations for Verne's novels. The story is presented in grotesque way, especially conflicts between British and French soldiers. Zeman added a romantic plot that includes Hector Servadac and Angelica. See more »

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Quirky as expected, but not very captivating
12 April 2018 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

This falls a bit short of Zeman's best works, and the shortcomings concern the plot and characters as well as the images. Plot-wise, there's little tension despite the big scale; it is more a political satire than an adventure (already a "fault" of the story it's based on), and the characters stay flat and unconvincing, more like prototypes than real men or women. As to the images, the different kinds of animation and the real-life sets don't blend as well as in other Zeman's productions; the scenes onboard the ship with the ubiquitous hatching (everybody is wearing stripes, too) look as if taken from "The Deadly Invention" while many of the outdoor scenes resemle not very good B&W movies from the 20s; the animation of the giant lizards look completely different again as do the celestial effects.

Recommended for Zeman and animation fans; on its own merits this film is a bit boring.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

9 October 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hector Servadac's Ark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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