This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. ... See full summary »
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The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
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This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity. The numerous explosions which took place during the eruption are plain to be seen. Thousands upon thousands of tons of molten lava, sand, rocks and steam are thrown high in the air and descend with crushing force upon the unfortunate inhabitants of the doomed city of St. Pierre. This is the worst calamity which occurred since a similar eruption by Mt. Vesuvius when Pompeii was destroyed. Written by
The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know as we see a large village by a body of water that is about to come under fire as a volcano above it is about to erupt. Okay, I loved the first fifty-or-so seconds of this film but the final couple were a real letdown. We can start off with the positive and one such thing is the incredibly beautiful set that really caught me off guard. Melies was always one to make sure his lets looked incredible and this here might be one of his very best. At the bottom of the frame we had the water, then the village, then the mountain and finally at the top is where the volcano was. The village was so incredibly beautiful and well drawn-out that you couldn't help but feel some suspense wondering how the director was going to destroy it. We get all of this terrific build-up but sadly the film ends on a very weak spot. I won't ruin what actually happens but you can't help but feel somewhat letdown. Even with that said, it's funny to see the director doing a "disaster movie" a full decade before the Italians made their legendary pictures.
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