Plot[ edit ] Railway engineer Henri Vidal was invited by his younger brother Marc to pay him a visit in the fictional city of Ragz, Hungary. Marc was engaged to Myra Roderich, the daughter of highly praised Dr. Before leaving Paris, he learned that a man named Wilhelm Storitz had proposed to Myra, but he was refused. One day, Dr. When he is again refused, he threatened the family. Before the marriage, a contract must be signed by the town governor as an old tradition from Ragz.
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Allegedly, all the stories in this book were written by Jules Verne, so why were they never published in his lifetime? This synopsis reflects the TV adaptation, rather than the story. Wilhelm Storitz is a Prussian chemist living in southern Hungary. His father now deceased was a chemist as well. Storitz is rather an obsessive individual, and an outsider. Storitz is strongly attracted to the beautiful young Magyar woman Martha Roederich. He claims to be in love with her, but from what we see here it seems to be sexual attraction.
As it happens, Martha has another beau, a young Frenchman named Marc-Antoine. Her parents approve of this relationship, and soon Martha and Marc-Antoine are betrothed. Storitz vows revenge. This is one reason why I accept this story as authentic Jules Verne; revenge was an ongoing theme throughout his works. He mixes a draught of this and slips it to Martha. The next morning, when she awakens, she is invisible! But her hand is invisible! Martha refuses to submit to blackmail.
Marc-Antoine vows that he loves her despite her invisibility, and the two marry. And charge him with what, precisely? Invisibility without consent? Denis dies in an accident fleeing the police.
Then the gendarmes arrest Storitz, who is killed resisting arrest. The secret of the invisibility formula dies with him.
Despite her invisibility, Martha is happy in her marriage to Marc-Antoine. There is a happy ending: Martha gives birth to a baby boy, and the biological changes caused by the pregnancy restore her visibility. Regrettably, this low-budget production never delves into the consequences of invisibility. When the invisible Martha became pregnant by her husband, was the foetus visible in midair? If her child had been a girl instead of a boy, would this still have reversed the invisibility?
When invisible Martha eats, does the food remain visible within her body? None of this is addressed. The invisibility effect is achieved with a low-budget bluescreen process, and this results in the usual defects in the on screen image haloing, iridescence when that process is used badly, as it so often is.
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