Monday, August 8, 2011

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - 1916

Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Release Date: 24 December 1916 (USA)
Also Known As: 20 000 lieues sous les mers
Filming Locations: Leonia, New Jersey, USA
Director: Stuart Paton
Writer: Jules Verne (novel)
Runtime: 105 min | UK: 84 min (video)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Stars: Allen Holubar, Lois Alexander and Curtis Benton
This film became famous for its groundbreaking work in actual underwater photography by George M. Williamson and J. Ernest Williamson.
The actual undersea footage was shot in the Bahamas due to the unusually clear water. When this film was remade by Walt Disney 38 years later, they came to this same spot for their undersea footage.
Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. Seeing what he had done, Denver took the daughter to his yacht and sailed away. He abandoned her and a sailor on a mysterious island and has come back after all these years to see if she is still alive and if the nightmares he has will stop. The daughter has been found by five survivors of a Union Army Balloon that crashed near the island. At sea, Professor Aronnax was aboard the ship 'Abraham Lincoln' when Nemo rammed it and threw the Professor, his daughter and two others into the water. Prisoners at first, they are now treated as guests to view the underwater world and to hunt under the waves. Nemo will also tells them about the Nautilus and the revenge that has driven him for all these years.

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