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Tom o'brien almost 5 years ago
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) is a movie starring Maximilian Schell and Brian Keith. This film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The story attempts to base events around the 1883 eruption of the volcano on the island of Krakatoa. The characters are engaged in the recovery of a cargo of pearls from a shipwreck perilously close to the volcano. The film was photographed in Todd-AO and presented in 70 mm Cinerama in some cinemas. Some problems with the film include inaccuracy in detail. Krakatoa is, in fact, west of Java. (Mount Tambora, on Sumbawa, is the violent volcano east of Java). The film was retitled Volcano in later releases. While the film was in production, its makers became aware of the geographic error in its title but used it anyway, apparently believing that this was a more exotic title than "Krakatoa, West of Java" (perhaps this was due to the recent "East of Eden"). Furthermore, the film aided in popularizing the Krakatoa spelling of the name of the...
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