FILM: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

Showtimes: Sunday, August 15
4:00pm
$18 public | $15 members

With LIVE musical accompaniment provided by Jeff Rapsis, New Hampshire-based performer regarded as one of the nation's leading silent film musicians.

Released by Universal in 1916, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was the first great special effects spectacular of early cinema. Based on the Jules Verne novel, the story concerns a team of scientists investigating a series of naval disturbances who find the culprit is the Nautilus, a submarine piloted by Captain Nemo, a hate-driven renegade seaman. Over a year-and-a-half in production, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is a colorful recreation of Verne's science fiction classic.

During the Civil War, reports of a sea monster attacking ships alarm the Navy. An investigation finds the monster is a submarine, the "Nautilus," commanded by vengeance-seeking Capt. Nemo (Allen Holubar), who was once an Indian prince. Years earlier, adventurer Charles Denver (William Welsh) caused the suicide of Nemo's wife and the disappearance of his daughter. Nemo tracks Denver to a distant island where, unknown to him, a wild native girl matching his daughter's description is also hiding.

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Rating: NR
Director: Stuart Paton
Starring: Allen Holubar, Jane Gail
Release Date: December 24, 1916
Runtime: 105 minutes
Format: DCP