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The Terrible Eruption of Mount Pelee and Destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique (1902)

Éruption volcanique à la Martinique (original title)
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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Georges Méliès
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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 Lubin Catalog

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A re-creation of the actual Mt Pelee eruption, using a model set. See more »

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Nothing Much Happens
13 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Melies creates a believable volcano and a harbor village. For two minutes, the volcano spews smoke. But nothing else happens. Perhaps a bit of lava might have been good. We have a still camera, a bit of moving water, and no plot. Perhaps Melies was ready to get into reporting or travelogue films. There are no human figures in this one, which is rare.


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June 1902 (USA) See more »

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