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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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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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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1912 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entdeckung des Nordpols See more »

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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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I Enjoyed the Ice Giant
22 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Why one has to go into outer space to get to the North Pole is a question to ponder. Apparently, there were numerous expeditions going and the airship appears to be the one that succeeds. After forming diverse crew from several countries and throwing out the women, the air bus embarks on its journey. It goes past several constellations, including Scorpio and Pisces as well as Gemini. When the explorers finally get to the North Pole, there is really nothing to do. They run around and meet up with a monster and one of them gets eaten. Since they were from all countries, the monster got to choose between German, French, Chinese, Spanish, etc. This could have been played for laughs but wasn't. Anyway, it is all visual and the whole process of exploring is wasted. These guys really don't have a clue. As for Melies, he is still doing the same stuff.


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