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Salient: An organ of student opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 23, No. 5. Wednesday, June 15, 1960

Impact of Theme

Impact of Theme

What impact the film does have, is due to its theme and not to its execution; despite direction by Kramer the film verges on the mediocre. The plot is episodic, with abrupt jumps in location; from Australia a direct cut is made to the interior of a submarine at the north pole—the only warning to the audience of this, being a reference in the dialogue sometime before. The north pole is followed with a second direct cut to San Francisco, and so on, back to Australia. While at San Francisco an absurd conversation is had between the submerged sub and a man fishing on a launch. (Since when have periscopes contained microphones and loudspeakers?) At the end of this sequence the sub emerges and sails off—all very obviously done using back projection.

Inclusion of the old running gag of "picture being knocked sideways when the door slams" fails to amuse, and tilted camera angles in the close-ups are only distracting.