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Issue: Summer 2010

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) movie review

How the Future Looked


When Jules Verne envisaged the future he extrapolated technology within a nineteenth century environment. Underwater breathing gear used giant sea shells and undersea ships were fitted with mighty musical organs and plush curtains.

Disney wisely stayed true to the idea, creating a colourful, fantastic world for Captain Nemo and his co-adventurers.

The result is, yes, very much according to the formula of Disney adventure movies of the period, and even uses actor popular in Disney and similar films. It is an innocuous way to pass the time and enjoy second-hand the wonderful imagination of the great master Jules Verne, seen through the glass of that other master storyteller -- Walt Disney.

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Movie poster, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 22 December 1955
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Title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Written by: Jules Verne (novel); Earl Felton (scr)
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Produced by: Walt Disney
Running time: 127 mins
Rating: PG

The Players: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre,

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