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Insane Visual Effects of New York Getting Destroyed in ‘Deluge’ From EIGHTY-SEVEN Years Ago

"Deluge" (1933)

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Insane Visual Effects of New York Getting Destroyed in ‘Deluge’ From EIGHTY-SEVEN Years Ago

At the time, the scale of the destruction must’ve been unnervingly realistic.

If I were to pull a random person aside and show them the climactic destruction scenes from 1933’s ‘Deluge’ they probably wouldn’t be very impressed. Some of the footage may seem hokey, or cheesy, or just poorly done. Compared to modern standards, the visuals are obviously rather dated.

But watch the above clip while keeping this in mind: everything that appears on screen was created EIGHTY-SEVEN years ago. That’s right, we’re quickly closing in on this footage being a CENTURY old.

At the time, the massive scale of the destruction must’ve been unnervingly realistic and truly horrifying for everyone sitting in the audience.

Furthermore, for us modern folk, if you were to try and re-create this sequence using practical effects—that is, without computerized CGI—how would you go about it? How much time and energy and manpower would you need? We simply can’t imagine, really. Therefore the amount of ingenuity and problem solving that went into making ‘Deluge’ way back in 1933 is yet another aspect of the film that deserves our appreciation and admiration.

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