Karel Zeman

Journey to the Beginning of Time

Journey to the Beginning of Time

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 and creatures that have long since vanished from the earth. Hewing closely to the scientific knowledge of its era, Journey to the Beginning of Time brings its prehistoric beasts alive through a number of innovative techniques—including stop-motion, puppetry, and life-size models—creating an atmosphere of pure wonderment.

Film Info

  • Karel Zeman
  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1955
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Czech
  • Spine #1015

Available In

Collector's Set

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Collector's Set

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Journey to the Beginning of Time
Cast
Petr Herrmann
Toník
Vladimír Bejval
Jirka
Josef Lukáš
Petr
Zdeněk Husták
Jenda
Bedřich Šetena
Narrator
Credits
Director
Karel Zeman
Screenplay
Karel Zeman
Screenplay
J. A.
Cinematography
Václav Pazderník
Cinematography
Antonín Horák
Music
Emil František
Editor
Zdeněk Stehlík
Production designer
Karel Zeman
Production designer
Zdeněk Rozkopal
Production designer
Ivo Mrázek
Production designer
Zdeněk Ostrčil
Production designer
Karel Černý
Production designer
Marie Mazůrková
Scientific supervisor
Dr. Josef

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