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Ship of Fools
     

Ship of Fools

Director: Stanley Kramer, Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer

Cast: Stanley Kramer, Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer

 

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Vivien Leigh made her final screen appearance in this screen adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel, which has been given a streamlined presentation for its DVD release. Ship of Fools has been given a full-frame transfer to disc at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with

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Vivien Leigh made her final screen appearance in this screen adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel, which has been given a streamlined presentation for its DVD release. Ship of Fools has been given a full-frame transfer to disc at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with optional English subtitles included, but no multiple-language options or bonus materials appear on this edition.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ship of Fools was both lauded and derided for its seriousness of purpose when initially released, and like many of director Stanley Kramer's films, it deserves both reactions. As is frequently the case, Kramer concentrates more on making a statement than he should (and, consequently, less on making a movie than he should), and his sometimes "art-y" pretensions ultimately only add to the soap opera-ish elements of the story. However, if one looks past the overly serious tone and the failed allegorical aspects of Fools, one is left with a highly enjoyable, glossy old-Hollywood style movie that is quite enjoyable, if a bit long. While much of the dialogue is artificial, that artifice seems of a piece with the style of the movie, and it does allow a number of first rate actors the chance to show off their stuff. Indeed, it is the cast -- as well as the lustrous cinematography of Ernest Laszlo and the impressive physical production -- that make Fools so enjoyable. Chief honors among a generally strong ensemble go to Simone Signoret, Oskar Werner,Vivien Leigh and Michael Dunn, each of whom clearly knows what buttons to push and doesn't hesitate to push them. Fools may not be as meaningful a film as it wants to be, but it's an engrossing and tremendously entertaining melodrama.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
UPC:
0043396106321
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Mary Treadwell
Simone Signoret La Condesa
José Ferrer Rieber
Lee Marvin Bill Tenny
Oskar Werner Dr. Schumann
Elizabeth Ashley Jenny
George Segal David
Jose Greco Pepe
Michael Dunn Glocken
Charles Korvin Capt. Thiele
Lilia Skala Frau Hutten
Barbara Luna Amparo
Christiane Schmidtmer Lizzi
Alf Kjellin Freytag
John Wengraf Graf
Olga Fabian Frau Schmitt
Gila Golan Elsa
Oscar Beregi Lutz
Stanley Adams Hutten
Kaaren Verne Frau Lutz
Charles de Vries Johann
Henry Calvin Fat Man
Paul Daniel Carlos
David Renard Woodcarver
Anthony Brand Guitarist
Jon Alvar Student
Walter Friedel Waiter
Steven Geray Steward
Peter Mamakos Religious Man
Charles H. Radilac Headwaiter
Eddie Baker Actor
Werner Klemperer Lt. Huebner
Heinz Rühmann Lowenthal

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
John Burke Special Effects
Robert Clatworthy Production Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Robert Jones Editor
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Ben Lane Makeup
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Abby Mann Screenwriter
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:12]
2. "My Name Is Karl Glocken." [2:37]
3. Ship's Doctor & Captain [1:29]
4. Luncheon Introductions [2:49]
5. A Painter, Traveler & Ballplayer [13:43]
6. "I Need Something to Help Me Sleep." [1:18]
7. Mary & Jenny [7:41]
8. An Artist & His Admirer [1:48]
9. La Condesa & Dr. Schumann [3:19]
10. The Riot [4:13]
11. Pepe's Dance Troop [2:08]
12. Johann's New Friend [4:40]
13. Mary's 46th Birthday Party [2:14]
14. A Prototypical Nazi [8:57]
15. Not Exactly a Dancer [2:15]
16. Two Strangers Become Friends [8:22]
17. A Ballplayer's Lament [2:34]
18. A Table With Better Company [4:56]
19. Dog Overboard [10:09]
20. In the Doctor's Cabin [7:15]
21. Herr Rieber's Song [6:49]
22. His Money or His Life [4:12]
23. Beaten By a Panderer [10:14]
24. Cabin 14 [:31]
25. "For Me, The Voyage Is Over." [1:37]
26. Still Thinking About Her [11:06]
27. Heart Attack [8:32]
28. Bremerhaven [2:48]

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