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Atlantis (1913)

| Drama | June 1914 (USA)
After Dr. Friedrich's wife becomes mentally unstable and his research papers are rejected, he leaves the country to respite.

Director:

August Blom

Writers:

Axel Garde, Gerhart Hauptmann (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Olaf Fønss Olaf Fønss ... Dr. Friedrich Kammacher
Ida Orloff ... Ingigerd Hahlstroem - artistic dancer
Ebba Thomsen ... Eva Burns
Carl Lauritzen Carl Lauritzen ... Dr. Schmidt
Frederik Jacobsen Frederik Jacobsen ... Dr. Georg Rasmussen
Charles Unthan Charles Unthan ... Arthur Stoss - armless man
Torben Meyer ... Willy Snyders - artist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Svend Bille Svend Bille
Oluf Billesborg Oluf Billesborg
Maja Bjerre-Lind Maja Bjerre-Lind
Cajus Bruun Cajus Bruun ... Friedrich's father
Michael Curtiz ... Hans Fuellenberg - Friedrich's college pal (as Mihály Kertész)
Marie Dinesen Marie Dinesen ... Friedrich's mother
Vera Esbøll Vera Esbøll
Lily Frederiksen
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Dr. Fred V. Kammacher, a young physician living a short distance from Berlin, has been disappointed in his bacteriological researches and to add to his mental and physical distress, his wife, Angele, develops symptoms of brain derangement. The couple are the fond parents of three children and when Dr. Rasmussen, the family physician advises that Angele be taken to a sanatorium, Kammacher is threatened with a general breakdown. He reluctantly consents to the pleadings of his mother to seek rest away from his home and makes his first sojourn in Berlin. While there he accepts an invitation from an old friend to attend a matinee performance, at which Miss Ingegerd Halstrom, a famous danseuse, appears in her latest creation, "The Dance of the Spider." Kammacher falls under her charm and is introduced by her father after the performance. But he is disillusioned when he finds her bestowing her attention indiscriminately upon the gallants who surround her. He leaves in disgust and upon later ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

June 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantisz See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two endings were shot: One happy and one sad - the latter for the Russian market. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nordisk Film had an alternative ending shot for the Russian market, since Russian culture prefers 'unhappy endings' over the western happy endings. In the alternative version, Dr. Kammacher dies of an heart attack right after he hears the news that his new love has died. Unfortunately for Nordisk Film, the writer of the novel, Gerhart Hauptmann had made it very clear in his contract that no changes to his story could be made. So Nordisk Film released the alternative version only in Siberia, hoping Hauptmann wouldn't find out. See more »

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One of the supposed masterpieces of the Danish silent screen.
27 June 2007 | by Ziggy5446See all my reviews

Denmark's Atlantis (1913), another ship-sinking story influenced by the Titanic tale and filmed off the coast of New Zealand, was one of the first full-length films ever made - it had a 1 hour, 53 minute running time. This version of the story from director August Blom appeared to sink a full-scale boat for realism. It was a very realistic and naturalistic-looking Titanic film with a well-staged action scene of the ship's sinking. The story is rather simple, despondent over his institutionalized wife, a doctor endeavors to cope by traveling through Europe and eventually to New York, surviving an ocean liner sinking on the way. The film was hailed as an impressive achievement for the cinema of 1913, especially for the sinking liner sequence that was influenced by the Titanic disaster. It was also one of the most popular films of the silent decades, and a worldwide smash hit.


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