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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 »
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 »
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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