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Captain Nemo's True Identity Revealed
In 1916 Film of Jules Verne's

“20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”

by Robert D. Morningstar

(Copyright 2007, Robert D. Morningstar - All Rights Reserved)

02:30 December 25, 2007

Few people today even know his name, although they know the classic horror films that he produced in the 1930s. Fewer still know that the producer of Karloff's “Frankenstein “ and Legosi's “Dracula” beat Walt Disney to the bottom of the sea by nearly 40 years in 1916.

The producer's name was Carl Laemmle, pictured above.

The legendary Carl Laemmle's making of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," was a turning point in movie history, featuring the first time underwater cameras were used in a major film production.

Carl Laemmle's Classic 1916 Undersea Production
First film to feature underwater photography
By The Williamson Brothers

Laemmle's film is an ingenious combination of Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" and its sequel, "The Mysterious Island," conjoined to make one film narrative of the entire story of Captain Nemo and the “Nautilus.”

There is a real surprise for Jules Verne fans in this film:

After nearly a hundred years of "Top Secrecy," the mysterious identity of "Captain Nemo," legendary hero of Jules Verne's undersea saga, is uncovered and revealed by Carl Laemmle.

The revelation of Captain Nemo's true identity unfolds rapidly revealing Jules Verne's secret denoument* as the closing minutes rush to close this stunning production confirming the move-making mastery of Carl Laemmle from the start of his film making career.

The Laemmle film version is beautiful, particularly, in the long segments of undersea photography (developed by the Williamson Brothers). The undersea burial is profoundly solemn, reverent and touching, despite the tragedy of Captain Nemo's demise, the film ends happily with Captain Nemo's life mission fulfilled and his personal conflicts resolved.

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