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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.


August Blom


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


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Credited cast:
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


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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Release Date:

June 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantisz See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Nordisk Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the sinking of the "Roland", shots of the ship at an angle to the water are interspersed with those of water filling the cabins parallel to the ceilings. 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 »


Edited into From Camille to Joan of Arc (1961) See more »

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Not really a Titanic story.
16 February 2007 | by MartSanderSee all my reviews

This film is very well done according to every standard of film-making. The narrative runs smoothly, the cinematography is years ahead of the period and special effects run amok with imagination and quality. The DVD released by the Danish Film Institute is one of the very best copies of a pre-WW I film one can see nowadays. To be brief, its amazing, astonishing, mind blowing. The Danes began storing and archiving their films very early, so you get a clean second generation copy where most of US films of the period went to the glue or comb factory. It's a long film and tends to get a bit tedious; also the shipwreck scenes (done very well indeed) are rather brief and once they are over, the film turns back to mainstream melodrama. What makes this film rather hard on eyes, is the leading lady. I know it's an unkind thing to say, but the lady is really not beautiful. She is supposed to be a dancer, but her dance scene is atrocious and embarrassing. It's inconceivable why a handsome leading man should ever fall for that kind of middle aged hippie. All in all, a good pic, but to be viewed by intelligent spectators who can delve into history without expecting too much. There are some nice extras, even including an alternative ending, made for the Russian market!

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