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Enjoyable Jules Verne Inspired Family Fare
I recall this film as having the indignity of being the first showing on a double bill when it came out so many years ago. It deserved better then and in retrospect now is a surprisingly effective take on the Verne mythology. Considering its limited budget, the producers did wonders with what they had and it holds up quite well. The film has a certain charm, but what's so unsettling (and saves it from being too cloy) is its underlying darkness. No character is spared, including the comedy relief. I'll say no more there, but one image near the end haunted me as a kid and still packs a punch. An unintentionally funny bit when the captured guests take a dive headed by Nemo in which he handles an (actually lethal) pufferfish and declares it as totally harmless.For those who'd dismiss this film as a minor effort in the Verne-acular, I'd give it a go and just enjoy the ride.
What Were They Thinking...?(1970)
Rarely does a title of a movie so aptly describe the subject of the film. But, "Captain Nemo and the Underwater City" does just that. This film is ambitious in its' attempt to display some great sets, and period costumes with grand design and scale. The special effects have merit, but sadly, time has doomed them to something less than state-of-the-art. Capt. Nemo(Robert Ryan) has built a city 40,000 fanthoms unders the sea. Now, a fanthom is a unit of measure of six feet. That would make the city a little more than 45 miles under the surface of the ocean.Really ?o.k. If the suspension of dibelief hasn't set in by now, it probably won't, and that is why this film fails. It can't get past its' own barriers. Silly subplots, scary sea monsters, and the eternal self-detruction of man are ever prevalent. The casting is peculiar to say the least. Take the most earthy actor on screen Robert Ryan, face him against Chuck(Rifleman) Connors, and add Luciana Paluzzi and you get the oddest menage-a-trois in the history of film. Uggh... This British film seems as if it was trying to put its' own spin on the Jules Verne vehicle,Disney doing it in the 1950's. It just doesn't work, plus the lack of drama only adds to the disappointment. I wish it wouild have worked. Special effects were in the doldrums during this period of time, and the real good stuff, hadn't arrived yet. 2 stars out of 5 . No lessons learned here, well, maybe one, don't make another film like this.Most films fail becuase they don't respect the audience, and this film is one of them.
Captain Nemo tries to run underwater city.
This film's variation of Jules Verne's stories of dementedsea captain/scientist and inventor"Captain Nemo"has theangry marriner running an underwater city and forcing somesurvivors or a shipwreck becoming the citizens of his oceanShangrila. The plot is fair..but the performances by Robert Ryan,ChuckConnors and the supporting cast is enjoyable.