Friday, April 19, 2019
East Building, SECU Auditorium
The Sea Wolf
(1941) Directed by Michael Curtiz. Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield. (104 min.) Digital restoration.
A brutal sea captain rescues shipwreck victims and then submits them to his authority, using John Milton’s credo for Lucifer as his guide: “Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.” A nautical film noir adapted from a Jack London novel, shot in the style of German expressionism and directed by Casablanca’s Michael Curtiz.
“In this allegorical pic, the captain is depicted as a malevolent dictator, like Hitler, who uses cruelty to keep his subjects in line” (Ozu’s Movie Reviews).
Introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes.