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An Invention for Destruction


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

An Invention for Destruction (Vynález zkázy)

Unclassified All Ages

23 Sep

This astonishing Grand Prix winner at Expo ’58 in Brussels was a classic example of steampunk long before the term was coined. Drawing on the 1896 novel Facing the Flag, among other works by Jules Verne, it ingeniously adopts the line-engraving aesthetic of Édouard Riou and Léon Benett’s illustrations in original editions of Verne’s novels. It also anticipates the Cold War paranoia and antic derring-do of the imminent James Bond films.

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  • Screens with Anthony Lucas’ The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (26 mins, Australia, 2005), the superb Oscar®-nominated silhouette animation that declares its Melbourne-based maker to be a Vernian fellow traveller. 35mm print courtesy of Madman. The film will be introduced by the director.