Israel Drazin

A well-done version of thoughtful classics

The 1961 film “Master of the World” is based on two novels by the great French novelist Jules Verne (1828-1905), both about 90 pages in length “Master of the World” and “Robur, The Conqueror.” Verne is famous for his insightful books about science, foreseeing items that were not discovered during his lifetime. He is called the father of science fiction. The film and novels may raise the question in the viewers’ and readers’ minds, as it did for me, was Robur a madman? Was his method of how the stop warfare crazy? If so, could it be somewhat modified to create a peaceful earth?

Six foot four inches Vincent Price (1911-1993) stars in the film as Robur the creator and captain of a huge flying machine that could fly faster than 200 miles an hour during a time when airplanes were not yet invented, only balloons. He is at war with war. He threatens governments throughout the world that the governments must either disarm or perish. He destroys warships after giving the crew warning that he will do so and giving them time to disembark. He does so by dropping bombs on them.

He happens by chance to save a father, his daughter, her fiancee, and a government official, played by Charles Bronson. He keeps them on his ship promising to release them sometime in the future. He does not want them to stop his quest. Bronson persuades the other three that they need to stop Robur and destroy his ship.

Was Bronson wrong?

About the Author
Dr. Israel Drazin served for 31 years in the US military and attained the rank of brigadier general. He is an attorney and a rabbi, with master’s degrees in both psychology and Hebrew literature and a PhD in Judaic studies. As a lawyer, he developed the legal strategy that saved the military chaplaincy when its constitutionality was attacked in court, and he received the Legion of Merit for his service. Dr. Drazin is the author of more than 50 books on the Bible, philosophy, and other subjects.
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