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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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June 1914 (USA) See more »

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Atlantisz See more »

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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 »


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ATLANTIS (August Blom, 1913) **1/2
5 April 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The first time I ever heard of this movie was while reading a lengthy online interview with noted film preservationist David Shephard wherein he named it as his favorite film but, having now watched it for myself, frankly I was quite disappointed. ATLANTIS is inspired by a book which had anticipated the Titanic tragedy - although, as depicted here, the shipboard section only takes about half-an-hour (occurring mid-way through the proceedings) of this 114-minute film; essentially. these scenes aren't badly done but the static camera-work muffles much opportunity for suspense and excitement!

The film opens in decidedly unusual fashion with a moving depiction of a mental case, but this is soon followed by what has to be one of the silliest dance numbers ever put on film, as the husband of the aforementioned patient goes around the world to rethink his situation and bafflingly falls for the resistible charms of the chubby ballet performer, ending up with her on a ship that collides with a wrecked vessel due to thick fog! The husband is, understandably perhaps, a rather morose fellow, going from place to place - Berlin, Paris, New York, and eventually ending holed up in a mountaintop cabin - and from woman to woman without ever acquiring happiness; as it turned out, some of the film's best scenes are those depicting the bustling N.Y.C. life of the the 1910s. ATLANTIS is, however, full of even more irrelevant bits, none more so than the exhibition of a real-life 'armless wonder' (14 years prior to THE UNKNOWN, I might add!) which, while in itself would make for a fascinating short subject, here it proves merely an overlong distraction. What's more, the title of the film is misleading because, while the main character supposedly dreams himself in the famed underwater city (prior to the sinking of the ship), the scenes take place above ground and are extremely brief to boot!

Thankfully, the occasional visual aestheticism of the film is preserved by the generally good quality of the print on hand and its transfer to DVD and one only needs to take a look at the ragged excerpt from a Japanese print included as a supplement to appreciate the sheer amount of work that went into restoring the film. Other supplementary features on this Danish Film Institute disc are an alternate tragic ending devised for the Russian market and an excerpt from a 1914 film co-directed by Blom and Holger-Madsen (two individual sci-fi films by these directors - THE END OF THE WORLD [1916] and A TRIP TO MARS [1918] respectively - were subsequently paired on DVD by the same outfit and which I've just watched myself).

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