End of the World (1934)
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- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: July 19, 2016
- Originally Released: 1934
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Georges Colin & Jeanne Brindeau|
|Directed by||Abel Gance|
Description by OLDIES.com:
The End of the World began as La Fin du monde, Abel Gance's planned follow-up to his masterpiece Napoleon (1927). Intended as the director's definitive statement on the last days of the human race, a spiraling out of control budget meant that the film was taken away from him by the producers. Released in a 105 minute version (truncated from Gance's planned three hours) La Fin du monde met with disastrous reviews upon its 1931 release in France. Enticed by its spectacular scenes of destruction, exploitation producer Harold Auten then purchased the American distribution rights. Shortening the film even further, he cut out almost all of Gance's characters and filled in the narrative blanks with newly written intertitles, creating in effect an hour-long cinematic montage of planetary apocalypse. He also removed Gance's screen credit; the director of the film was now listed as the mysterious "Doctor V. Ivanoff". A new prologue, similar to the one in Frankenstein (1931), was shot with the first chairman of the Hayden Planetarium, Dr. Clyde Fisher, testifying to the scientific accuracy of the film. In this form, the movie became a roadshow attraction that toured mostly rural areas. A unique example of cultural appropriation, The End of the World can be enjoyed today as an unusual artifact of an earlier era while still appreciating the artistry (however amended) of Abel Gance.
Note: Due to the age and rarity of this film, some picture anomalies exist.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
I am a fan of exploitation films and this flick delivered! I have not seen the original film so I do not know how it compares but this version, there is very little of the story. It's basically a hour long count down of events leading up to the comet's arrival. There are scenes with scientists that make up the "story" but it's basically panic scenes / panic scenes / scientists / panic scenes, etc... lol That being said, the movie is VERY fast paced and does not let up. I highly enjoyed it. Will need to track down the original version sometime and see how the "story" actually unfolds. Fans of bizarre early films will really like this.
- Sales Rank: 692
- UPC: 089218783196
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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