After ten months of expectancy, the public has at last been given the six reel story of ATLANTIS, heralded by the Great Northern Film Company as the adaptation from the famous novel by Gerhart Hauptmann, winner of the $40,000 Nobel prize in literature.
The name ATLANTIS is one that challenges the curiosity of those not familiar with the story. Its significance has to do with the dream-island which is reputed to have once been visible in the middle of the Atlantic, but which mysteriously disappeared from human sight. The production of the story is beyond criticism, the sinking of the great ocean vessel Roland, alone being sufficient to establish its worth.
The circumstance of the wrecking of the Roland was akin to that of the recent sinking of the Empress of Ireland – a fog, another vessel, a collision, then the in-rush of the water and the frenzy of the passengers, followed by the filling of the life-boats, the tipping over of those over-loaded, the frantic jump into watery graves, the lurch of the prow of the big vessel, the jump from the fore-castle of the captain and the gradual disappearance of the great boat, until not even a spar remains above water to mark the spot where she has gone down.
If for no other scene than this, the picture is worth general attention. But there are other scenes to which is attached especial interest and which earn admiration.
Motography, No. 13, June 27, 1914
We are showing this film as part of a double programme. The first film is THE BOAT