Atlantis, the Lost Continent
Atlantis, the Lost Continent
A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches.
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January 10, 2017 at 6:24 am
If you hook a princess--throw her back.
Here's a flicker that scared the bejesus out of me as a child. I had trouble
understanding the overlapping of modern science with the ancient world. A
Vernesque-style atomic submarine blew me away. And that solar laser--which
vaporizes enemies of the state--defies logic. I hear there were scenes of
men in flying machines that were cut. Why? One scene that was not cut
involved a mad scientist experimenting with turning men into swine. Strange
and scary stuff. And the costume designer went berserk with HIS creations.
Watching the film recently I discovered my utter contempt for the lead
female role. I felt sorry for the poor fisherman who saves the ungrateful
princess from certain death. He, however, has only himself to blame. The
princess whines, schemes and disparages his occupation right from the start
AND in front of his father. And that's only the beginning. Later on, she has
no problem casting him into slavery. Enough about her. The soundtrack is
very rare because it is out of print--and costs a royal fortune. I just
touched the surface with this well made and imaginative film. Look for it on
cable somewhere--or visit Atlantis on your next vacation.
Overlooked, hard to find and not too bad.
I agree that this is not one of George Pal's stronger efforts, but it does
have merit. The sinking of Atlantis at the conclusion still looks good
today even though some of the shots of the burning city were taken from "Quo
Vadis."Near the end of the film Russell Garcia's music repeats an easily remembered
motif from his "Time Machine" score.Edward Platt's performance as High Priest Azor is one of the best in the
film although I kept expecting someone to call him "Chief."The writing is a little stiff as it always seems to be in these ancient
times epics. The only real awkward moment is the bizarre chant the slaves
recite as they twist the giant drill in order to speed the eruption of the
volcano.Very colorful sets and costumes along with the usual amount of special
effects mayhem you would anticipate from George Pal. The lead f/x man was
A. Arnold Gillespie who worked on "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the
Wind." The miniature sets and explosions are especially
good.An overlooked, above average spectacle from one of the best showmen working
in Hollywood at the time.
Fantasy or Allegory?
I thought this film would be a bit of a turkey but it turned out to be
very entertaining. There are echoes of the same director's The Time
Machine and The War of the Worlds in it. It combines sci-fi with Greek
mythology very well. Although it is very much a fantasy film the
pre-title sequence where the narrator talks about the things in the Old
World and the New whose similarity which must be more than coincidental
is quite thought provoking and you wonder what the real reason was for
there being cave paintings of elephants in America and paintings of
witches being similar on both sides of the Atlantic. It was made in the
early sixties and it seems also to be making a statement about nuclear
power with one crystal being used for lighting and heat and another
being used for destruction. That scene seems to be a veiled warning
about controlling our technology and not letting it run away. The
rulers of Atlantis seem also to be a metaphor for the Nazis with their
ideas of racial superiority and their desire to conquer the world
together with their use of slave labour. A good film for all the
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A fun movie
I first saw this film when I was a child. My friends and I were enamored
it, and played "Atlantis" for weeks after.
Watching the movie with adult eyes, however, reveals that it is not George
Pal's best work. Even so, it continues to have sentimental value for me
I do watch it occasionally. I still believe it to be a "fun" movie, real
Saturday Matinee, popcorn and juju beads, sticky floor fun. Just turn off
the brain, drop your expectations, and enjoy.