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Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Vynález zkázy), The
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (original title Vynález zkázy ("The Deadly Invention" or "An Invention for Destruction") is a Czechoslovakian 1958 science fiction adventure movie in the Steampunk genre, directed by Karel Zeman and loosely based on several novels by Jules Verne, primarily "Face au Drapeau" ("Facing the Flag"). The movie received widespread attention across the world and is considered the most successful Czech film ever made. It won the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival at Expo 58 in Brussels, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1962.
The following weapons were used in the film The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Vynález zkázy):
Webley RIC Revolver
In various scenes pirate captain Spade (Frantisek Slégr) carries several revolvers that change places with each other due to continuity errors. First, Spade's revolver is a Webley RIC. This revolver then switches to a Nagant M1895 (see below), and later it is seen again in the scenes on board of the yacht.
Nagant M1895 Revolver
During the abduction of Professor Roch, Captain Spade's revolver switches to an anachronistic Russian Nagant M1895 that in turn is replaced with a Rast-Gasser. The Nagant reappears in the scenes on the submarine and on the island base.
Rast-Gasser M1898 Revolver
When Captain Spade fires his revolver during the abduction of Professor Roch, his Nagant M1895 switches to an anachronistic Rast-Gasser M1898. A possible reason for this was the lack of blank ammo for the Nagant revolver.
Lebel Mle 1892 Revolver
In the scene of the battle between the Navy squadron and the pirate's coastal gun, Captain Spade's revolver switches again, this time to an anachronistic French Lebel Mle 1892.
"Automatic" Percussion Cap Pistol
Count Artigas (Miloslav Holub) carries a Percussion Cap Pistol with a fictional clockwork automatic mechanism. The pistol pretends to fire about two dozens shots in full auto (!) mode but in fact the lock doesn't move and the muzzle smoke is imitated by pyrotechnical charges.
Percussion Cap Pistol
Pirates use Percussion Cap Pistols in several scenes.
Rifles and Muskets
Sailors on the battleship (the Navy isn't named but the uniforms closely resemble French ones) carry Werndl M1873/77 rifles. They are fitted with prop spade bayonets. In fact, spade bayonets were issued only for some models of Werndl carbines; the full length rifles were fitted with Yataghan sword bayonets.
In the final scene, some pirates carry anachronistic Czech vz. 24 rifles.
A pirate holds what appears to be a kind of German Schuetzen single shot rifle, identified by the distinctive shape of the buttstock. This rifle may be a percussion cap gun, but it's hard to say for sure.
A rifle is seen in hands of a pirate in the final scene. It looks like a Mannlicher M1895.
In the scene when the train crosses the bridge in the mountains, one passenger fires his rifle at a large eagle. The gun turns out to be a break-action rook rifle (a single shot small game hunting gun, popular in Britain in late 19th century), fitted with a custom wide forend attached below.
Percussion Cap Musket
In the final scene, some pirates are armed with percussion cap muskets.
A musket with visible flintlock is carried by a pirate in the final scene.
Sawed-off Double Barreled Shotgun
What appears to be a Sawn-off Double Barreled Shotgun, mocked up as a fictional underwater gun, is seen in hands of a pirate when the crew of the submarine plunders the remains of the ship that they recently sank.
Single Barreled Shotgun
What appears to be a Single Barreled Shotguns is used by some pirates in the final scene.
In several scenes animation, combined with live action, is used to depict artillery on the battleship and Count Artigas' yacht as well as the huge cannon mounted on the pirate's island base.