Movies based on the works of Jules Verne






 A Trip to the Moon 1902


French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon



The Impossible Voyage (Voyage à Travers l’Impossible) 1904


Drected by Georges Méliès. Based in part on Jules Verne's play Journey Through the Impossible . A satire of scientific exploration in which a group of geographers attempt a journey into the interior of the sun.


The Airship Destroyer or The Battle in the Clouds 1909


A fleet of airships begin an attack on England, bombing an armoured vehicle, a signal box and a town. An inventor and his assistant are preparing to launch a missile in defence.






 The Conquest of the Pole 1912


Science-fantasy film by Georges Méliès based on the novel The Adventures of Captain Hatteras by Jules Verne. It was released in 1912 and deals with an extraordinary race to the north pole by rival parties of balloonists. The film was Georges Melies's last successful film before his studio went bankrupt. Its most elaborate scene is one featuring a man-eating frost giant that attempts to eat the crew.




20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1916


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1916 silent film directed by Stuart Paton. The film's storyline is based on the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. It also incorporates elements from Verne's The Mysterious Island. This version is notable for its groundbreaking work in underwater photography .

The mysterious Island 1929


A semi-talkie (mostly silent) is loosely based on several Jules Verne's books. In this part characters meet sea people and fight with giant underwater monster




 The Fabulous World of

Jules Verne  1958


Czechoslovak adventure film directed by Karel Zeman. Based on several works by Jules Verne, primarily his 1896 novel Facing the Flag, the film evokes the original illustrations for Verne's works by combining live actors with various forms of animation.


Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959


Stars James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl.


Master of the World 1961


Based upon the Jules Verne novels Robur the Conqueror and its sequel, Master of the World. The movie was written by Richard Matheson, directed by William Witney, and features Vincent Price, Charles Bronson .


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 Five Weeks in a Balloon 1961


Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth.

Directed by Irwin Allen, starring Red Buttons, Barbara Eden and Peter Lorre.


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Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon 1967


a 1967 comedy film loosely based on From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. P.T. Barnum and other associates fund a project to build a space projectile. However, unscrupulous characters, former allies, spies, and a three way romance might prevent the "moonship" from flying. Starring starring Burl Ives, Troy Donahue .



The Amazing Captain Nemo 1978


A 1978 science fiction TV mini-series .During naval exercises in 1978 Captain Nemo (played by José Ferrer) is found in suspended animation aboard his submarine Nautilus beneath the Pacific Ocean. Revived by members of a modern-day US Government agency, Nemo is persuaded to rescue United States interests and in so doing battles Professor Cunningham, a typical mad scientist played by Burgess Meredith.


Works of Jules Verne






Five Weeks in a Balloon  1863

( Cinq semaines en ballon )


Public interest in fanciful tales of African exploration was at its height, and the book was an instant hit; it made Verne financially independent and got him a contract with Jules Hetzel's publishing house, which put out several dozen more works of his for over forty years afterward.


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 The Adventures of Captain Hatteras

(  Voyages et aventures du capitaine Hatteras )



Jules Verne's thrilling novel of polar exploration .First Mate Shandon receives a mysterious letter asking him to construct a reinforced steamship in Liverpool. As he heads out for Melville Bay and the Arctic labyrinth, a crewman finally reveals himself as Captain John Hatteras, and his obsession--to get to the North Pole. The original, censored ending had a deleted chapter, "John Bull and Jonathan," had Hatteras and Altamont dueling for the privilege of claiming the land for their respective countries . In 1912, Georges Méliès made a film based on the story entitled Conquest of the Pole .


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 Journey to the Center of the Earth

( Voyage au centre de la Terre )



German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy .


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 In Search of the Castaways

( Les Enfants du capitaine Grant, lit. The Children of Captain Grant )



The book tells the story of the quest for Captain Grant of the Britannia. After finding a bottle the captain had cast into the ocean after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland contact Mary and Robert, the young daughter and son of Captain Grant, through an announcement in a newspaper. The government refuses to launch a rescue expedition, but Lord and Lady Glenarvan, moved by the children's condition, decide to do it by themselves.


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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

( Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers )



The title refers to the distance traveled while under the sea and not to a depth, as 20,000 leagues is over six times the diameter, and nearly three times the circumference of the Earth . During the year 1866, ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster, which some suggest to be a giant narwhal. The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time, receives a last-minute invitation to join the expedition which he accepts. Canadian whaler and master harpoonist Ned Land and Aronnax's faithful servant Conseil are also brought aboard.


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From the Earth to the Moon

( De la terre à la lune )



The story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post-American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous sky-facing Columbiad space gun and launch three people—the Gun Club's president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet—in a projectile with the goal of a moon landing . The story is also notable in that Verne attempted to do some rough calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and, considering the comparative lack of any data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are surprisingly close to reality.


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 All Around the Moon

 ( Autour de la Lune )



Sequel to From the Earth to the Moon .


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Around the World in Eighty Days

( Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours )



Classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager  set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works.


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The Mysterious Island

( L'Île mystérieuse )



The novel is a crossover sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways .

The plot focuses on the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. During the American Civil War, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, by hijacking a balloon.


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 Michael Strogoff

 ( Michel Strogoff )



 Considered one of Verne's best books.

To deliver an urgent message from the Czar to the Grand Duke of Imperial Russia, Michael Strogoff must fight his way four thousand miles to Siberia, through a blood-mad Tartar horde and endure a journey never before undertaken by any man. But he never imagined the deadly fate and the strange love that await him on his epic mission.


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Off on a Comet

(  Hector Servadac )



The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet.


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Tribulations of a Chinaman in China

( Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine )



The book is a traditional adventure, similar in style to Around the World in Eighty Days, which is one of the author's more well-known books. However, it does contain more humour as well as criticism of topics such as the British opium trade in China.

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Robur the Conqueror

( Robur-le-Conquérant )



 It is also known as The Clipper of the Clouds. It has a sequel, The Master of the World, which was published in 1904.

This classic tale is all about the day a lone man conquered the skies. Robur was widely ridiculed for his notions about creating a heavier-than-air flying machine. However, the day soon came when he was able to prove his skeptics embarrassingly wrong. It was the day of the Albatross—the most astounding piece of machinery ever created. And soon, with this airborne leviathon under his control, Robur set out to become not only the master of the skies, but perhaps even the master of the world itself.

The story was made into a 1961 movie, Master of the World, with Vincent Price as Robur. The movie kept the basic concept but added elements of intrigue and a romance to the plot.


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Facing the Flag

( Face au drapeau )



The book is part of the Voyages Extraordinaires (Extraordinary Voyages) series. France and the entire world threatened by a super-weapon . Thomas Roch, a Roch an archetype of the "mad scientist," is a brilliant French inventor, has designed the Fulgurator, a weapon so powerful that "the state which acquired it would become absolute master of earth and ocean." However, unable to sell his unproven idea to France or any other government, Roch begins to lose his sanity, becoming bitter .

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The Lighthouse at the End of the World

( Le Phare du bout du monde )


This is one of three Verne titles that were not published in book form in English until the 1920s due to publication problems. The Lighthouse at the End of the World was first published in 1923 in Britain,. It tells the story of three lighthouse men besieged by pirates. In 1971 the novel was adapted into a movie, The Light at the Edge of the World starring Yul Brynner and Kirk Douglas .

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In the year 2889


Jules and his son Michel penned this short story of the world 100 years in the future





Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (written in 1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (written in 1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (written in 1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the second most translated author of all time, only behind Agatha Christie with 4021 translations . films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often referred to as the "Father of Science Fiction"



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Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography

Now at last comes an authoritative biography worthy of this controversial figure. William Butcher combines groundbreaking research on Verne's childhood and bohemian decades with the discovery of an unknown contemporary biography and an early volume by Verne. He brilliantly recounts the novelist's money woes and amorous escapades, Scottish ancestry, right-wing connections, court cases, and near-murder.



Jules Gabriel Verne was born to Pierre Verne, an attorney (died 1871), and his wife, Sophie-Henriette Allotte de la Fuÿe (died 1887), in the bustling harbor city of Nantes in Western France. The oldest of five children, he spent his early years at home with his parents. The family spent summers in a country house just outside the city, on the banks of the Loire River. Jules and his brother Paul, of whom Jules was very fond, would often rent a boat for a franc a day[citation needed]. The sight of the many ships navigating the river sparked Jules' imagination, as he describes in the autobiographical short story "Souvenirs d'Enfance et de Jeunesse". When Jules was nine, he and Paul were sent to boarding school at the Saint Donatien College (Petit séminaire de Saint-Donatien). As a child, he developed a great interest in travel and exploration, a passion he showed as a writer of adventure stories and science fiction.



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After completing his studies at the lycée, Jules Verne went to Paris to study law. About 1848, in conjunction with Michel Carré, he began writing librettos for operettas. For some years his attentions were divided between the theatre and work, but some travelers' stories which he wrote for the Musée des Familles revealed to him his true talent: the telling of delightfully extravagant voyages and adventures to which cleverly prepared scientific and geographical details lent an air of verisimilitude. When Verne's father discovered that his son was writing rather than studying law, he promptly withdrew his financial support. Verne was forced to support himself as a stockbroker, which he hated despite being somewhat successful at it. During this period, he met Alexandre Dumas, père and Victor Hugo, who offered him writing advice. Dumas would become a close friend of Verne.



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Verne's situation improved when he met Pierre-Jules Hetzel, one of the most important French publishers of the 19th century, who also published Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, and Erckmann-Chatrian, among others. They formed an excellent writer-publisher team until Hetzel's death. Hetzel helped improve Verne's writings, which until then had been repeatedly rejected by other publishers. Hetzel read a draft of Verne's story about the balloon exploration of Africa, which had been rejected by other publishers for being "too scientific". With Hetzel's help, Verne rewrote the story, which was published in 1863 in book form as Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon). Acting on Hetzel's advice, Verne added comical accents to his novels, changed sad endings into happy ones, and toned down various political messages.


From that point to years after Verne's death, Hetzel published two or more volumes a year. The most successful of these include: Voyage au centre de la terre (Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864); De la terre à la lune (From the Earth to the Moon, 1865); Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, 1869); and Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days), which first appeared in Le Temps in 1872. The series is collectively known as "Les voyages extraordinaires" ("extraordinary voyages"). Verne could now live on his writings. But most of his wealth came from the stage adaptations of Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1874) and Michel Strogoff (1876), which he wrote with Adolphe d'Ennery. In 1867 Verne bought a small ship, the Saint-Michel, which he successively replaced with the Saint-Michel II and the Saint-Michel III as his financial situation improved. On board the Saint-Michel III, he sailed around Europe. In 1870, he was appointed "Chevalier" (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur. After his first novel, most of his stories were first serialised in the Magazine d'Éducation et de Récréation, a Hetzel biweekly publication, before being published in the form of books. His brother Paul contributed to 40th French climbing of the Mont-Blanc and a collection of short stories, Doctor Ox (1874). According to the Unesco Index Translationum, Jules Verne regularly places among the top five most translated authors in the world.


On March 9, 1886, as Verne approached his own home, his twenty-five-year-old nephew Gaston, who suffered from paranoia, shot twice at him with a gun. One bullet missed, but the second entered Verne's left leg, giving him a permanent limp. Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum. Verne in 1892 Verne in 1892 After the deaths of Hetzel and his beloved mother in 1887, Verne began writing darker works. This may have been due partly to changes in his personality, but an important factor was that Hetzel's son, who took over his father's business, was not as rigorous in his edits and corrections as Hetzel Sr. had been. In 1888, Jules Verne entered politics and was elected town councilor of Amiens, where he championed several improvements and served for fifteen years. In 1905, ill with diabetes, Verne died at his home, 44 Boulevard Longueville (now Boulevard Jules-Verne). His son Michel oversaw publication of his last novels Invasion of the Sea and The Lighthouse at the End of the World. The "Voyages extraordinaires" series continued for several years afterwards in the same rhythm of two volumes a year. It was later discovered that Michel Verne had made extensive changes in these stories, and the original versions were published at the end of the 20th century. In 1863, Jules Verne wrote Paris in the 20th Century, a novel about a young man who lives in a world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network, yet cannot find happiness and comes to a tragic end. Hetzel thought the novel's pessimism would damage Verne's then booming career, and suggested he wait 20 years to publish it. Verne put the manuscript in a safe, where it was discovered by his great-grandson in 1989. It was published in 1994.




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