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This is a documentary that utilizes computer imagery, science, historical records, and re-enactments to explore what happened in 1883 to the Indonesian area surrounding the volcanic island of Krakatoa.
The Dutch East Indies, in the late 19th century. Capt. Hanson of the "Batavia Queen" is preparing to embark on a salvage expedition. His mistress, Laura, knows the location of a ship belonging to her late husband, a shipwreck concealing a cargo of rare pearls. A diver and a diving bell are aboard ship. But a government agent coerces Hanson into accepting a shipment of convicts for the ship's hold. The wreck lies dangerously close to the erupting volcano on the island of Krakatoa, where Laura's young son attends the convent school... Written by
Krakatoa was roughly 12 square miles in size and when it erupted in the most cataclysmic explosion in history it caused the death of 36,000 people. It's estimated the explosions released energy a million times greater than that of a hydrogen bomb. The explosions were so powerful that they transformed Krakatoa's highlands, which were over 1,000 feet high into chasms over a 1,000 feet deep. One of the explosions was heard in the Phillipines over 3,000 miles away. Tidal waves reached a height of 150 feet and reached South America and their effect were felt in the English Channel. See more »
Near the start of the film, some boys are looking at the volcano through wooden tubes. As they do not have any lenses, all this would do would be to restrict the boys' field of view. See more »
This film was shot using Super Panavision 70 and Todd-AO formats for presentation in single-strip Cinerama. The opening title sequence has the image devided into three frames just like the original three-strip Cinerama. See more »
"We have a very good chance if we get to deep waters!"
The eruption of Krakatoaan Indonesian volcano on Pulan island between Java and Sumatrain 1883, is one of the most catastrophic witnessed by man...
The volcano's collapse triggered a series of tsunamis, or tidal waves, recorded as far away as South America and Hawaii... The greatest wave, which reached a height of 120 feet and took 36,000 lives in nearby coastal towns of Java and Sumatra, occurred just after the climactic explosion...
The scenes of the natural force (fireballs, typhoon, volcanic eruptions, tidal wave...) are of the most spectacular to charm the huge Cinerama screen...
Throughout the extraordinary cataclysm, the film is an epic adventure where we watch: A shipwreck with a hidden treasure; the best underwater man; deep-sea Polynesian divers with shattered lungs and claustrophobia; 30 dangerous convicts; mutiny and fire on the 'Batavia Queen'; singing nuns with innocent children; and a lost orphan boy looking for his mother...
Maximilian Schell is the valiant captain; Brian Keith, the troublemaker; Rossano Brazzi, the stubborn father; Sal Mineo, the rebel; Diana Baker the loving mother; and Barbara Werle, the obedient sweetheart...
Bernard L.Kowalskiin his feature film debut as directorachieves with effectiveness and ability an entertaining motion picture of an incredible day that shook the Earth where all life on the Krakatoa island group are buried under a raging river of molten lava with a terrifying tidal wave spreading its very high waters over the poor port of Anjer, and a very wise captain taking his ship to deep waters...
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