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The End of the World (1916)
"Verdens Undergang" (original title)

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A comet, passing by the earth, causes rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film.

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Moritz Bielawski
Alf Blütecher ...
Ship's Mate
Johanne Fritz-Petersen ...
Edith West
Olaf Fønss ...
Frank Stoll - Mine Owner
Erik Holberg
Frederik Jacobsen ...
Wandering Preacher
Carl Lauritzen ...
West - Mine Forman
Thorleif Lund
Ebba Thomsen ...
Dina West
K. Zimmerman ...
Prof. Wissmann
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A comet, passing by the earth, causes rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film.

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The world is ending. How can we profit from it?
28 December 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Danish feature about a comet that destroys northwest Europe, leaving only a single man and a woman who meet in a church, is beautifully photographed, with many lovely shots and a fluid camera. Of course, the capitalists try to make extra money out of the panic, and of course the lower classes -- as exemplified by the common folks in a mining town -- break into the home of the wealthy capitalist the evening the comet hits in order to gain vengeance, interrupting a ballet in the process. All this is standard stuff for the better sf of the era: Wells, Verne and so forth.

I have some issues with the way it is cut. Since the actors don't really play people, but types, they do not give terribly interesting performances. Also, the direction is, even for the era, slow: people are shown holding conversations that we never hear.

To understand the success of this movie, the modern viewer must recall that the First World War had been raging to the south of Denmark for twenty months when it was released. This is not a work of fiction so much as a parable, to eschew worldly things, and to seek God, for all worldly things will be destroyed. Including people.


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