Explore: Paris Underwater

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“The 1910 “Great Flood of Paris” was a media sensation at the time, and photos of the disaster look like some kind of surreal counterfactual Photoshop exercise. Campagne and Balzi’s film no doubt resonates with Parisians even more eerily than the rest of us, but it’s still plenty chilling—especially since its photorealistic CGI flood so flawlessly re-creates the real-world imagery from a century ago. But in this vision of a near-future natural disaster, the rowboats and gondolas are absent; life does not go on, as it does in the photos from 1910. Here, humans have given up and left the city for dead. It’s like a French remake of 28 Days Later except with plain ol’ H2O instead of zombies.”

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