The Stolen Airship by Karel Zeman

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Airships, Zeppelins, dirigibles and lighter-than-air steam powered travel are common motifs in both steampunk ideology as well as fiction. The days of the airship have not fully vanished, and continue to occupy a fancy in the collective steampunk consciousness. It’s a timeless craft, from giant balloons supporting old ships to the modern, sleek blimps and proposed heavy lifters.

Karel Zeman, a Czech film director has a unique visual style, almost papercut in its aesthetic. Below is a clip from his 1960’s film “The Stolen Airship”. Enjoy!

“Sir general editor, look at the biggest sensation of the century. A new age is engendering.”

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  • 1 Sam Jan 21, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I love airships.

  • 2 Rev Cpt Samuel Flint Jan 21, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Airships are excellent.

  • 3 billnetherlands Jan 21, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I love Karel Zeman! Unappreciated genius from the Czech Republic.

  • 4 Kyle Jan 21, 2010 at 2:00 am

    My ship is too big.

  • 5 Captain Nemo Jan 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

    If this isn’t an early inspiration of Terry Gilliam’s, I don’t know what is.

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