GenreAdventure, Comedy, Fantasy Duration CountryCzechoslovakia
WriterKarel Zeman, Pavel Juracek, Radovan Kratky Release dateDecember 18, 1964 (1964-12-18) Initial releaseDecember 18, 1964 (Czechoslovakia) ScreenplayKarel Zeman, Pavel Juracek, Frantisek Smolik, Radovan Kratky CastPetr Kostka, Miloslav Holub, Emília Vášáryová, Valentina Thielová, Eduard Kohout, Vladimír Menšík Similar moviesRelated Karel Zeman movies
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Bláznova kronika (literally A Jester's Tale) is a 1964 Czech film directed by Karel Zeman. Described by Zeman as a "pseudo-historical" film, it is an anti-war black comedy set during the Thirty Years' War. The film combines live action with animation to suggest the artistic style of the engraver Matthäus Merian.
The film was a notable success at the 1964 San Francisco International Film Festival, winning Best Picture and Best Director. It was also voted Best Film at the 1964 Addis Ababa IFF in Ethiopia, and was honored in three categories at Cannes.