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The Sea Beast (1926)

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This silent movie is based on Melville's classic Moby Dick. Ahab and his brother compete for the affections of minister's daughter Esther. But the great white whale has been eluding the ... See full summary »

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A new take on the classic tale of Captain Ahab search for an elusive whale.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
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Esther Harper
George O'Hara ...
Derek Ceeley
Mike Donlin ...
Sam Baker ...
George Berrell ...
Perth (as George Burrell)
Sam Allen ...
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Frank Nelson ...
Mathilde Comont ...
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James O. Barrows ...
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Vadim Uraneff ...
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Sôjin Kamiyama ...
Fedallah (as Sojin)
Frank Hagney ...
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This silent movie is based on Melville's classic Moby Dick. Ahab and his brother compete for the affections of minister's daughter Esther. But the great white whale has been eluding the harpooners, bearing many scars of failed attacks. Can our hero Ahab succeed where others have perished? Written by Anonymous

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15 January 1926 (USA)  »

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A Fera do Mar  »

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In an interview that appeared in The American Dancer (January 1929), Joyzelle Joyner stated that many times she not only designed but actually made her own costumes. "For instance, the one which caused so much favorable comment when worn in the prologue to 'The Sea Beast.' The dancing was rather exotic, and although she haunted all of the costume houses, Joyzelle could not find a garment that suited the part of the native maiden. Finally, an inspiration struck her, and she rushed out and bought three rolls of clothesline, which she promptly raveled and then dyed, red, green and yellow. The result was a most effective costume especially when combined with the head-dress of real animal horns and feathers. The total cost of the 'ensemble' was $3.00." Unfortunately, the copies of "The Sea Beast" that have survived do not seem to contain the dance prologue featuring Ms. Joyner. See more »

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Interesting, though not at all based on Melville's Moby Dick.
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This film is rarely seen and not available on video. I made a personal copy on Beta tape (from a 16mm print) over 20 years ago to assist in the writing of my master's thesis on the adaptations of Moby Dick. Although it has some interesting maritime visual elements including some documentary footage of the butchering of sperm whales - it has very little to do with Melville's story or characters. Ahab is given a more heroic and romantic treatment. A love interest (Esther) and a rival half-brother provide a conflict never dreamed of by the novelist. The 1930 sound version is similar in most respects although shorter. I won't spoil the ending but you can again be sure it has nothing to do with Melville.


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