A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.
Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.Written by
Mark Hockley <email@example.com>
There's a 35 mm copy on the "Filmoteca Española" in Madrid, Spain with some differences:
The song "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" is cut. Even the dialogues before the song stars: "You know how I've felt since that day you entered the classroom and brought your uncle the galoshes he forgot. You looked like spring itself." The funny thing is that they kept a few shots o Pat Boone singing, but you can only hear the piano, there's no sound coming of his mouth.
There's an alternate ending. Alec and the rest of the students sings the "Gaudeamus Igitur" song and there's and additional shot. The camera starts from Lindenbrook and Carla Göteborg and it opens to Alec and the rest of the students singing.
All the end credits are in orange color, not white.
This movie is one of the best examples I can think of for how one can stun the audience just by making the right use of the essence of cinema: pictures. They vary between being threatening, funny, amazing, beautiful and bizarre but all are highly imaginative. In fact, this movie is one of the most imaginative ever made, imagination being a quality that has disappeared almost completely from Hollywood over the last 40 years. It drags you into the world of its superb settings just the way for example "King Kong" did in 1933. This is just the kind of movie cinema was meant for, up from the days of its beginning (see for example "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" by Georges Méliès, 1902). "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" is pure cinema at its best.
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