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À la conquête du pôle (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1912 (France)
Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Méliès

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Georges Méliès (screenplay), Georges Méliès (story) | 1 more credit »
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Georges Méliès ... Le professeur Mabouloff / ou Maboul
Fernande Albany
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Storyline

Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor Maboul demonstrates for them the innovative equipment that he has designed for the purpose. When everything is ready, Maboul and several other scientists depart for the pole. Their trip will prove to be even more eventful than expected. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1912 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entdeckung des Nordpols See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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| (Flicker Alley print)

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes part of its inspiration from contemporary affairs surrounding the competing claims of Robert E. Peary and Frederick Cook over who had first reached the North Pole. Peary claimed he had reached the North Pole on 6 April 1909, however Cook, claimed he had done so a year earlier, on 21 April 1908. Méliès is quoted as saying that he thought both had pretended to have reached the North Pole, so he decided he was going to go there. See more »

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Referenced in Return to Oz (1985) See more »

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Is there an english version floating around?
11 August 2000 | by lawzamSee all my reviews

Indeed, I'm currently going through a pile of films (on a 16mm projector no less) that are being discarded. I came across this one today and sat there the entire time riveted to the screen.

It has to be one of the most bizarre films I've ever seen. It seems to be trying very hard to be funny and for the most part it succeeds quite well. The images and the sheer craziness of it all can't help but make a person laugh.

I do have to admit though, that the overly long journey past the zodiac could have been done without. It slowed the frantic pace of the rest of the film, and was out of place in a film which was otherwise trying to be funny.

If you're a film buff, or you have a chance to see it, I'd say go for it. Otherwise, don't go out of your way.

There is one thing I'd like to point out, and I'm not sure if I'm right, but the version of this film that I saw had an English title screen and (not sure what they're called) - English dialog screens. The company that produced this version was "Star Films." I assume it's not the original one because it wasn't in French.


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