Ship of Fools (film) - Wikipedia
Having lost what relevance it had in , Ship of Fools is still fascinating as a showcase Not Rated; Studio: Sony / Mill Creek; DVD Release Date: December 2, . Plot summary is of course available online, so I won't get into it here. A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for post-war Germany represents a microcosm of s society. Lee Marvin in Ship of Fools () Gila Golan in Ship of Fools () Vivien Leigh and Simone Signoret in .. Release Date: . Amazon Affiliates. Amazon Video Watch Movies & TV Online · Prime Video. Ship of Fools () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more Directed by Stanley Kramer, this film deals with a German ship heading to its port in Bremerhaven "Grand Hotel" may now be dated, but seeing it is also a fun experience. .. Amazon Affiliates. Amazon Video Watch Movies & TV Online · Prime Video.
Jose Ferrer does a great job as the nazi bigot, Rieber. He brings humor and fullness of character to a very unsympathetic and frightening role. He brings humor and an understated pathos to the role.
Charles Korvin is fine as the Captain who is also Oskar Werner's friend and confidant. Alf Kjellin a very good actor often reduced to playing Nazis in American films is quite moving as the guilt-ridden Herr Freytag.
Ernst Gold's music is exciting using influences of both German and Spanish music.
Stanley Kramer, the film making conscience of his time pulls together a great production as both producer and director in what was a remarkable string of great films.
This is not an overtly hopeful story. The film is full of ironies from the understated to those we are hit over the head with; and rightfully so. For these were and are extreme times. We as the audience know too much about what lies ahead for most of these people as they feebly try to position themselves while the world screams ever-closer towards war.
While it was a statement about times past, one can be sure that Kramer and Mann both meant it to be a statement about us all when we give in to those motivations that create apathy and self-indulgence. It is perhaps hopeful in that if you can see yourself in some or one of the characters perhaps it will accompany the insight that can bring the perspective to change and the sympathy and humor to have compassion for ourselves and all the rest of us who are all trying to find their way home.
Finally,I must take exception to another comment made that suggests that the film, and I quote; "is very preachy about prejudice, but then Hollywood was full of Jewish people and they always loved a film set against anti-Semitism. Second it is not true at all that those who were of the Jewish faith "always loved a film set against anti-Semitism. The latter film being the first to really attack anti-Semitism was strongly opposed by those of the studio heads that were of the Jewish faith.
They were actually, sadly overly careful about any anti-Jewish subject matter. They did not want to call attention to their being Jewish and often went out of their way to ignore the subject. One case in point was the film "The Seventh Cross" with Spencer Tracy as one of seven concentration camp victims who escapes and is hunted down one by one by the Nazis.
This film never acknowledges the treatment of Jews at all. The majority of the films of the 40's - 60's that tried to deal with the issues of prejudice of any kind were almost single-handedly dealt with by Stanley Kramer alone in films like "The Defiant Ones", "Nuremberg", "Ship of Fools", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "The Home of the Brave".
The passengers and crew are a motley assortment, as such groupings always are. Throughout the lengthy picture there are several interwoven storylines, much like a soap opera would have. A stellar cast of prominent actors effectively infiltrates the proceedings completely. Given the format, there really is no main character. Vivien Leigh is Mary Treadwell, a bitter as embattled American divorcee.
Ship of Fools () with Vivien Leigh and Leigh Marvin
Elizabeth Ashley and George Segal are Jenny and David, a couple at cross purposes with very divergent views on life. There are a few other token characters, whose presence on screen perhaps is not as lengthy but even more significant.
- Ship of Fools (1965) with Vivien Leigh
Similarly are his frequent almost constant comments about Jewry. The irony comes later, when Jose Ferrer, who has presented himself as the ideal German, is revealed to be a philanderer and not even a German. His mistress and companion on the cruise, a young blonde woman, deserts him on learning this. The Jews and the bicycle riders.
The relationship between Jenny and David is tired and overdone, and the actors simply are not up to the caliber of the remainder of the cast. Vivien Leigh looks frail and weak, which mirrors the fall of her character, but which also reflects the impact of her own off screen demons.