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1 April 1916 (Denmark) See more »
A comet, passing by the earth, causes rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world in this World War I-era film. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Olaf Fønss ... Frank Stoll - Mine Owner
Carl Lauritzen ... Mineformand / Mine Forman West

Ebba Thomsen ... Dina West
Johanne Fritz-Petersen ... Edith West
Thorleif Lund ... Minearbejder / Worker Flint
Alf Blütecher ... Styrmand / Ship's Mate Reymers
Frederik Jacobsen ... Den vandrende Prædikant / The Wandering Preacher
K. Zimmerman ... Professor Wissmann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moritz Bielawski ... (uncredited)
Erik Holberg ... (uncredited)

Directed by
August Blom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Otto Rung 

Produced by
Ole Olsen .... producer
Cinematography by
Louis Larsen 
Art Direction by
Axel Bruun 
Camera and Electrical Department
Johan Ankerstjerne .... cinematographer: fire scene

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Also Known As:
"Verdens Undergang" - Denmark (original title)
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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The world is ending. How can we profit from it?, 28 December 2006
Author: boblipton from New York City

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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