“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a classic science fiction novel written by Jules Verne in 1870. The novel has been adapted into various movies and TV series. The 1916 silent film version of the novel was directed by Stuart Paton and stars Allen Holubar as Captain Nemo.
The film follows the adventures of Professor Pierre Aronnax, his assistant Conseil, and the harpooner Ned Land, as they embark on a journey to search for a sea monster that has been terrorizing ships in the ocean. They soon discover that the creature is actually a submarine, the Nautilus, captained by the mysterious and enigmatic Captain Nemo.
The professor and his companions are taken aboard the Nautilus and shown the wonders of the undersea world. They witness exotic creatures, underwater volcanoes, and explore shipwrecks. However, they also witness the darker side of Nemo’s personality, as he ruthlessly attacks ships and refuses to show mercy to his enemies.
As they spend more time aboard the Nautilus, Aronnax and his companions begin to question Nemo’s motives and seek a way to escape. Eventually, they are able to overpower the crew and sabotage the Nautilus, forcing Nemo to flee.
The film ends with the professor and his companions being rescued, while Nemo is seen going down with his beloved submarine, taking his secrets and mysteries to the depths of the ocean.
Jules Verne, Stuart Paton
Allen Holubar, Dan Hanlon, Edna Pendleton