Coming Soon

Invention for Destruction
(Vynález zkázy)
A film by Karel Zeman

Czechoslovakia, 1958



Presented from new 4K digital remaster, Second Run are delighted to follow their hugely popular release of the great Czech animator and filmmaker Karel Zeman's The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, with his greatest and most famous work - Invention for Destruction.

Still the most commercially lucrative Czech film ever produced - released internationally to huge success in 1960 as 'The Fabulous World of Jules Verne' - Invention for Destruction is also Zeman's most beloved work.


Wildly inventive, and breaking new ground in its combination of live action, animation and design, creating a 'steampunk' aesthetic decades ahead of its time. Zeman's film is both a heartfelt homage and love letter to Jules Verne's wonderful tales of science and adventure, and a valiant cry against man's predisposition to self destruction.

The Girl from Hunan Still

"His finest and most accessible film, now in the pantheon of the greatest hybrid animation/live action films ever made... An imaginative delight, and a stunning personal achievement. Once seen, never forgotten." Senses of Cinema


View the trailer here





Diary for my Children









Home Browse The Collection Coming Soon About Second Run Shop Contact Us/Mailing List