Jules Verne on Film: A Filmography of the Cinematic Adaptations of His Works, 1902 through 1997

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This comprehensive filmography not only offers an incisive analysis of Verne's epic creations, but also presents an examination of the films inspired by his stories and characters. If one tries to think of all the films adapted from the works of Jules Verne, a fair sampling might be easy to come up with. If one looks more closely at the plots and motifs of many other films, science fiction and otherwise, their origins are revealed to have been derived from Verne. For example, most film enthusiasts are familiar ...
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Jules Verne--Voila!--a name that resonates with visions of fantastic adventures and images of exotic exploits. In his voyages extraordinaires, the noted French author fuses his ... encyclopedic knowledge of science and geography with his ability to tell fascinating tales, taking his readers on unprecedented journeys across the globe, into the earth, and out into space. This revered writer, who with his boundless imagination had hoped to contribute substantially to the world of letters, has surpassed that expectation to become coincidentally a significant influence on film. Jules Verne on Film is both a penetrating analytical overview of Verne’s epic novels and a comprehensive filmography of the numerous films inspired by his stories and characters. There are the obvious adaptations that come directly from the pages of Verne’s writings, films such as In Search of the Castaways and Mysterious Island. However, looking closely at the plots, characters, and themes of many other films--science fiction and otherwise--one discovers that the incomparable Verne has had a far wider influence on filmmakers than one might have thought. For instance, most of us are familiar with Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and some of us may have even seen the two 1997 television productions. But Verne’s classic undersea adventure also provides the underpinnings for such entertaining movies as Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Innerspace (1987). Structurally, Jules Verne on Film begins with a biographical sketch and contains 23 chapters arranged alphabetically according to book title, starting with The Adventures of Captain Hatteras and ending with Voyage Across the Impossible. Each chapter includes a summary and analysis of Verne’s story, followed by a chronological treatment of the cinematic adaptations compared to their respective written work. Production credits appear in the film entries, along with plot synopses and thorough critical commentaries. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This comprehensive filmography not only offers an incisive analysis of Verne's epic creations, but also presents an examination of the films inspired by his stories and characters. If one tries to think of all the films adapted from the works of Jules Verne, a fair sampling might be easy to come up with. If one looks more closely at the plots and motifs of many other films, science fiction and otherwise, their origins are revealed to have been derived from Verne. For example, most film enthusiasts are familiar with Disney's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and a few may even be aware of the 1916 silent version. But Verne's classic undersea novel also provided the underpinnings for such other movies as Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Innerspace (1987). The central arrangement is by Verne's title with a brief thematic analysis of the novel. The entry then presents in chronological order all cinematic adaptations of that work, allowing the user to make comparative analyses of not only the movies but also their relationships to Verne's original story. Filmographic data are provided for each adaptation, along with a plot synopsis that blends critical commentary with an examination of the connection between the movie and Verne's work.
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Editorial Reviews

Interzone
extremely detailed and useful...covers not only the obvious adaptations but many of the cinema's unacknowledged borrowings from Verne...recommended.
Science Fiction Studies
fun...handsomely illustrated throughout...easily readable...the only study currently available that discusses Jules Verne in the context of the international film industry.
Choice
Renzi writes well...intelligently...one of the better books to emerge in some time"-Classic Images; "concise and incisive.
Cirt.
Comprehensive!
Booknews
Examines not only obvious film adaptations of Verne's adventure stories, but also those derivations that bear elements of his works. Arrangement is by Verne's title with a brief thematic analysis of the novel and descriptions of all cinematic adaptations of that work in chronological order. Filmographic data are provided for each film, along with plot synopses that blends critical commentary with an examination of the connection between the movie and Verne's work. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419661
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas C. Renzi is an administrator and instructor at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Jules Verne: The Mask of a Master Craftsman 3
The Adventures of Captain Hatteras 10
The Voyage of the "Arctic" 12
Up the Pole 12
A la conquete du Pole 13
The Land Unknown 13
Battle Beyond the Sun 15
Island at the Top of the World 15
The People That Time Forgot 15
Around the World in Eighty Days 17
'Round the World in 80 Days (1913) 20
Die Reise um die Erde in 80 Tagen 20
Around the World in 18 Days 20
Around the World in 80 Minutes with Douglas Fairbanks 21
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) 21
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze 25
Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin 26
Around the World in 80 Days (1989) 26
A Captain of Fifteen Years 27
Un Capitaine de quinze ans (1946) 29
Un Capitaine de quinze ans (1971) 29
Los Diablos del Mar 29
The Castle of the Carpathians 31
Le Chateau dans les Carpates 32
Le Chateau des Carpathes 32
Tajemstvi Hradu v Karpatech 33
The Children of Captain Grant 34
Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant (1914) 38
Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant (1936) 38
In Search of the Castaways 38
The Island at the Top of the World 41
Five Weeks in a Balloon 44
Voyage en ballon 47
Flight of the Lost Balloon 48
Five Weeks in a Balloon 49
Viaje fantastico en globo 51
Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase 51
For the Flag 52
Vynalez Zkazy 55
Neutron el enmascarado negro 57
Thunderball 57
Barbarella 57
From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon 59
Le Voyage dans la lune 67
Le Dirigeable fantastique 67
Voyage a la planete Jupiter 68
Voyage a la lune 68
Die Frau im Mond 68
Destination Moon 69
From the Earth to the Moon 69
El Conquistador de la luna 72
Pasi Spre Luna 72
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon 73
The Giant Raft 74
Ochocientas mil leguas por el Amazonas 76
800 Leagues on the Amazon 77
The Green Ray 79
Le Rayon vert 80
Hector Servadac 83
The Comet 84
Verdens Untergang 84
La Fin du monde 85
When Worlds Collide 85
Il pianeta degli uomini spenti 86
Valley of the Dragons 87
Yosei Gorasu 87
Na Komete 89
Meteor 89
Night of the Comet 90
Mauvais Sang 91
Maximum Overdrive 91
Asteroid 92
Journey to the Center of the Earth 94
Voyage au centre de la terre 98
Unknown World 98
Cesta do Praveku 98
The Mole People 99
World Without End 100
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) 101
Battle Beneath the Earth 105
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967, Animated, TV) 105
Death Line 105
At the Earth's Core 106
Viaje al centro de la tierra 107
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1986) 109
Alien from L.A. 109
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1993, TV) 110
The Lighthouse at the End of the World 112
The Light at the Edge of the World 115
Mathias Sandorf 117
Mathias Sandorf (1920) 119
Mathias Sandorf (1961) 119
Michael Strogoff: Courier of the Czar 120
Michael Strogoff (1908) 125
Michael Strogoff (1910) 125
Michael Strogoff (1914) 125
Michel Strogoff (1926) 125
Michel Strogoff (1935) 126
Der Kurier des Zaren 126
The Soldier and the Lady 126
Miguel Strogoff, el correo del zar 128
Michael Strogoff (1956) 128
Le Triomphe de Michel Strogoff 128
Strogoff 129
Michel Strogoff (1974, TV) 129
The Mysterious Island 130
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) 135
The Mysterious Island (1929) 135
Undersea Kingdom 136
Tainstvenni Ostrov 137
Mysterious Island (1951) 138
The Mysterious Island (1961) 139
City Under the Sea 141
Ukradena Vzducholod 142
Kaitei Daiseno 142
Hello Down There 142
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City 143
City Beneath the Sea 144
L'isola misteriosa e il Capitano Nemo 145
The Mysterious Island (1975) 145
The Spy Who Loved Me 145
The Amazing Captain Nemo 146
Warlords of Atlantis 148
Mysterious Island of Beautiful Woman 149
Dream One 149
The Abyss 149
Robur the Conqueror and Master of the World 151
A la conquete de l'air 154
The Airship Destroyer 154
The Aerial Submarine 154
The Aerial Anarchists 155
The Kid's Clever 155
Voice from the Sky 155
Ein Unsichtbarer geht durch die Stadt 156
Der Herr der Welt 156
Air Hawks 156
The Absent-Minded Professor 156
Master of the World 157
The Three Stooges in Orbit 160
Kaitei Gunkan 161
Das verruckteste Auto der Welt 161
Death Race 2000 161
Blade Runner 163
The Adventures of Mark Twain 163
Back to the Future 164
Black Moon Rising 164
Terminus 166
The School for Robinsons 167
Monster Island 168
The Southern Star 170
The Diamond Wizard 172
The Southern Star 173
The Tribulations of a Chinese Gentleman in China 176
After Five 179
Flirting with Fate 179
The Whistler 179
The Lady from Shanghai 181
Strange Bargain 181
Paid to Kill 182
Up to His Ears 182
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 184
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1905) 187
Deux Cents Mille Lieues sous les mers (1907) 188
The Aerial Submarine 188
Beneath the Sea 189
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1916) 189
Terror Island 191
Twenty Thousand Legs Under the Sea (1931, Animated) 191
Undersea Kingdom 191
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) 192
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 196
The Underwater City 198
Kaitei Gunkan 198
City Under the Sea 199
Operazione Goldman 199
Space Monster 199
Fantastic Voyage 200
Around the World Under the Sea 200
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1973, Animated) 201
The Black Hole 202
Innerspace 205
Space Strikers (TV) 205
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997, ABC-TV) 206
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997, NBC-TV) 207
A Two-Year Holiday 209
Lord of the Flies (1963) 210
Ukradena Vzducholod 210
Strange Holiday 210
Lord of the Flies (1990) 212
Voyage Across the Impossible 213
Le Voyage a travers l'impossible 213
Appendix A The Prose Fiction of Jules Verne 215
Appendix B Bibliography of Biographical and Critical Sources 218
Index of Directors 221
Index of Film Titles 223
General Subject Index 227
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