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The Conquest of the Pole (1912)

À la conquête du pôle (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Adventure, Horror | 1912 (France)
Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, Professor Mabouloff and his team of intercultural explorers set off on yet another impossible expedition to North Pole's vast landscapes. What wonders await the bold adventurers?

Director:

Georges Méliès

Writers:

Georges Méliès (screenplay), Georges Méliès (story) | 1 more credit »
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Georges Méliès ... Le professeur Mabouloff / ou Maboul
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Storyline

Nearly one decade after his extraordinary feat in The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904), the indefatigable and unorthodox engineering scientist, Professor Mabouloff, convinces his esteemed colleagues at the International Aero Club Congress to join him on yet another impossible expedition: a journey to the vast landscapes of the North Pole. Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, the intercultural explorers weed out the fierce competition and zoom off to the densely-occupied skies, until the team lands at the glacial terrains of their final destination. What wonders await the bold adventurers? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1912 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entdeckung des Nordpols See more »

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Runtime:

| (Flicker Alley print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes part of its inspiration from contemporary affairs surrounding the competing claims of Robert E. Peary and Frederick Cook over who had first reached the North Pole. Peary claimed he had reached the North Pole on 6 April 1909, however Cook, claimed he had done so a year earlier, on 21 April 1908. Méliès is quoted as saying that he thought both had pretended to have reached the North Pole, so he decided he was going to go there. See more »

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Featured in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »

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Lovely Film
6 March 2007 | by TorchySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Some of the other users have complained that there are scenes that don't advance the plot. I can't say this really bothers me in a movie that's less than ten minutes long.

I was most impressed by the production design. The sets and backdrops were lovely, and the whole film has a coherent look. The makers of this film obviously put a lot of effort into creating their fantasy world. Even if the journey through the zodiac didn't move the story forward, it held my attention because it was so imaginative and so beautiful.

While the effects are primitive by today's standards, they work because they're consistent with the design as a whole. Modern special effects are much more sophisticated, but that means nothing if they aren't smoothly integrated into the rest of the film. Melies and his collaborators created a world that I wanted to believe in.


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