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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea The Filming of Jules Verne’s Classic Science Fiction Novel He wrote about the potential of electricity at a time when city streets were still being illuminated by gaslight. He forecast the invention of airplanes, helicopters, motion pictures, television, computers, man-made satellites and guided missiles in an era where crude steam engines were the technological state-of-the-art. His voyages extraordinaires placed the literary genre of science fiction on a sound basis and stimulated the development of 20th Century technology. His name was Jules Verne, and he is regarded by many as the Father of Modern Science Fiction. A daringly original novelist, a complex, imaginative thinker, Verne created fascinating worlds and grand adventures — stories bursting with energy, action and intelligence. Because his fiction is so vivid, so full of exoticism and excitement, Hollywood has had a field day adapting his works into big, bold extravaganzas. Many of the films based on Verne’s works have been successful: Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Mysterious Island, to name a few. But there is little doubt, to cineastes and Verne fans alike, that the 1951 Walt Disney production of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea towers above them all. A grand, cinematic masterpiece, a dazzling, full-bodied epic, 20,000 LEAGUES is considered one of the most imaginative and innovative science fiction films of all time. And while the film sports daring and complex special effects sequences, its greatest appeal lies in its straightforward, unpretentious style; it’s a simple story well told. […] [box] Cast & Credits […] [/box] […] [box] The Original Jules Verne Novel […] [/box] […] [box] The Nautilus Harper Goff designed Nemo's submarine and set decorator Emil Kuri furnishged it with style. […] [/box] […] [box] "20,000 Leagues" beforee Disney From George Melies to George Pal, the Jules Verne book was often in development but rarely ever filmed. […] [/box]