Amphibian Man (film)
Soviet poster for Amphibian Man
|Directed by||Vladimir Chebotaryov
|Written by||Alexander Beliaev (novel)
|Music by||Andrei Petrov|
|Distributed by||BijouFlix Releasing
National Telefilm Associates (NTA) Inc.
|Release date(s)||December 19, 1962|
|Running time||82 min.|
Amphibian Man (Russian: Человек-амфибия, translit. Chelovek-amfibiya) is a 1962 Soviet science fiction romance film starring Vladimir Korenev and directed by Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky.
It is an almost fable-like story based upon the eponymous novel by Alexander Beliaev. It focuses on a boy named Ichthyander (Russian: Ихтиандр, Ichtiandr) (from Greek: fish+man) who was surgically altered to survive under the sea. Unlike traditional science fiction movies of the time the film focuses much more on the concept of love won and lost. It was given the name of Tarzan des Mers before the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs took exception.
The film was the leader of Soviet distribution in 1962 (65.5 million viewers). It is little-known in the West, but has become a cult classic.
The story is set in a seaside port in Argentina, largely among a community of pearl fishers. The protagonist is the son of a doctor/scientist who was sometime in the past forced to save his son's life by implanting him with gills. Thus he is able to live under water, but must keep his secret from the world. The conflict arises from his falling in love with a pearl-fisher's beautiful daughter. His secret is discovered and the girl's stern father attempts to exploit Ichthyander for his ability. Due to being kept caged under water, he loses the ability to live in the open air, and must now permanently live in the sea. Although set free, the lovers are permanently separated from each other.
Although ostensibly a lost-love-tragedy like Romeo and Juliet, the film has a significant focus on greed and commercial exploitation (of the pearl-greedy fishermen), possibly under the influence of Socialist Realism.
|Vladimir Korenev||Ichthyander Salvator|
|Anastasiya Vertinskaya||Gutiere Baltazar|
|Mikhail Kozakov||Pedro Zurita|
|Anatoli Smiranin||Old Baltazar|
|Nikolai Simonov||Prof. Salvator|
|Vladlen Davydov||Olsen, the reporter|
- Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)
- Sydney Morning Herald "Movies" 25/9/2000 The Guide page 20 accessed via Ebbsco's Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
- Amphibian Man at the Internet Movie Database
- Amphibian Man at AllMovie
- Amphibian Man (with English subtitles)
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