Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The End of the World (1916)

Fotorama (Denmark)
Directed by August Blom
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A Danish astronomer discovers a comet and predicts it will strike the Earth and cause a disaster. A stockbroker conspires with a politician and newspaper publisher to manipulate the stock market. On the fatal day, the wealthy attend a play while the common people stage a revolution. A few survive to start over. The primitive special effects actually hold up quite well today. Fireworks and flares depict the meteor showers, and actual floods and burned out buildings stand in for the devastation. It often looks more like a European city suffering from the effects of WWI (ongoing at the time) than a worldwide disaster, for which it is an obvious metaphor.

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