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Atlantic (1929)

 -  Drama  -  4 October 1930 (USA)
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A heavily fictionalized version of the RMS Titanic story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Dyall ...
John Rool
...
Monica
John Stuart ...
Lawrence
Ellaline Terriss ...
Alice Rool
Monty Banks ...
Dandy
Donald Calthrop ...
Pointer
John Longden ...
Lanchester
Arthur Hardy ...
Maj Boldy
Helen Haye ...
Clara Tate-Hughes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ...
Freddie Tate-Hughes
...
Betty Tate-Hughes
Francis Lister ...
Padre
Gordon James ...
Capt. Collins (as Sydney Lynn)
Syd Crossley ...
Telegraphist
Dino Galvani ...
Steward
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A heavily fictionalized version of the RMS Titanic story.

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A thunderbolt of drama impossible to describe!

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Drama

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Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Filmed simultaneously with German-language talkie version Atlantik (1929) and French-language version Atlantis (1930). This film incorporated the best footage from the three talkie versions. See more »

Quotes

John Rool: Thanks. Leave me here. I'm only in the way on deck. At least 150 people so far have fallen over my chair. Fifteen of them have cursed me. Besides, the whole thing's too damned silly.
Pointer: Then you do not believe it to be really serious, sir?
John Rool: No, of course not. This ship is no more likely to sink than St Paul's Cathedral. Although they're always mucking about with that.
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A horrible early sound film
4 April 2003 | by (Ohio, United States) – See all my reviews

I am a Motion Picture Production major at Wright State University in Ohio, and yesterday I was sadly given the opportunity to watch this god-awful film in class. We were informed by our professor that it would be very funny to us, but the reason we were watching it was because it was one of the first sound films - a complete disaster.

The problem with early sound films was that Hollywood actors only knew how to do silent movies and they weren't good at memorizing lines. So producers and directors would look to the stage to get actors. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, the kind of acting one does on stage doesn't show up too well on film. Most of the actors in "Atlantic" look and sound like they're acting in a play, which results in lots of hearty laughs at the over-acting. Another limitation of early sound film was the technology of microphones. You couldn't move the mikes like you can today, you had to keep them static or it would pick up the sound of air moving through. There was usually one mike used in any given scene in this movie. In one particular scene, there is a man sitting at a table. Someone walks right up to him and delivers their line, then walks away. Another actor comes up from behind him, delivers their line, then walks away. It goes on like this for a couple more people. The microphone is obviously right by the man at the table, making for a laughable actor carousel.

Those are only technical problems. If you get into the story and direction, then it gets even worse. The story is a fictionalized account of what happened on the Titanic. The characters are unbelievable and pointless. A "story" about a man cheating on his wife and their teenage daughter has no place in the movie. It is barely resolved and leaves you wondering why it was there in the first place. A lousy attempt at high drama, the actors take long, pregnant pauses between lines many times. It is tiresome, and you can't wait for this 90 minute (feels like 180 at least) movie to get over with. I'm not going to talk a whole lot about the issue of racism at this time in our country, but it really offended me that there were only two blacks in the whole movie, and they were portrayed as animals. They both pushed past the women and children to try and get in one of the lifeboats. They were ordered to stop or be shot, and of course they didn't so they were shot. I was appalled.

I give this movie a 2/10. I would have given it a 1/10 (the lowest rating possible), but I gave it an extra point just because it was one of the first sound films, and I tried to put it into context. If you want to see a good early sound film, check out Alfred Hitchcock's "Blackmail" that also came out in the year 1929. You will find that the best directors were able to adapt to new technology immediately.


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