Under the Sea (1907)

aka 20000 lieues sous les mers, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Article 3167 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-14-2010
Posting Date: 4-16-2010
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Underwater fantasy

A fisherman is made the captain of a new underwater vehicle known as a submarine. However, his first voyage in the vehicle goes awry…

Georges Melies tends to play fast and loose with his literary adaptations; this version of the Jules Verne story doesn’t even feature Captain Nemo. It starts out looking like it’s going to be one of Melies’s epic journeys like A TRIP TO THE MOON, but it stops just short of that by dint of a plot twist that you’ll probably see coming when you start wondering why a lowly fisherman would be put in charge of an amazing new machine. Still, you get a giant crab, a giant fish, a giant clam, pushy sea flowers, dancing girls and an octopus. A tad disappointing, but still entertaining.

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