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Ship of Fools (1965)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  October 1965 (Austria)
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1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz, Mexico to Bremerhaven, Germany. Along the way it will stop in Cuba to pick up... See full summary »

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1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz, Mexico to Bremerhaven, Germany. Along the way it will stop in Cuba to pick up a large group of Spanish farm laborers who are being shipped home and who will be housed like cattle in steerage. There it will also pick up La Condesa, a Spanish countess. It will stop in Tenerife, where the farm workers will disembark and where La Condesa will be sent to a German-run prison for her "traitorous" activities in Cuba. This voyage will be the last of three for the ship's doctor, Willi Schumann, who has a serious heart ailment and who thought he could find some meaning to his life through this job. Willi and La Condesa fall in love, with the ship's Captain Thiele, who is Willi's closest friend on board, believing the drug-addicted La Condesa is only using him to get her fixes. Willi and La Condesa have to figure out if there is a future for them after the voyage, as Willi's life also ... Written by Huggo

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EXPLORER, MISTRESS, VAGRANT, LOAFER, ARTIST, TRAMP ... THEY ARE ALL AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE!

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Tenny and Mrs. Treadwell, seated together in the dining room, order dinner. In the next scene at the captain's table, Tenny is shown in the background looking through the menu and Mrs. Treadwell is not seated at the table. See more »

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Frau Hutten: Do you know what they say in Mexico? Mexicans loathe the Americans, hate the Spaniards, distrust the English, admire the French and love the Germans.
Rieber: That is all very nice. I am glad they say those things but, as far as I am concerned, after a few weeks in Mexico, you can keep the Mexicans too.
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Heute abend geh'n wir bummeln auf der reeperbahn
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Vivien Leigh's Last Hurrah
27 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" to M-G-M's "Grand Hotel"(1932), the device of interlocking the stories of a diverse group of strangers/travelers to tell how each influences the others has been very commonly used in fiction.

It is the one that underpins "Ship of Fools." In Chaucer's masterpiece, the stories are told separately, and range from the ponderous to the humorous. But the tales are fun to read----even after all the centuries that have passed since their creation.

"Grand Hotel" may now be dated, but seeing it is also a fun experience. The story and acting reflect the style of a different time, but if taken on its own terms------this film can provide many enjoyable moments of screen entertainment.

"Ship of Fools" is another matter. It is mostly ponderous, and has a minimum amount of humor. Its all-star cast delivers a series of widely varying performances-------from the scenery-chewing ones by Jose Ferrer and Lee Marvin to the world-weary portrayals by Oskar Werner and Simone Signoret to the acting school products of George Segal and Elizabeth Ashley. And the film does go on---and on----and on! "Ship of Fools" should be best remembered today as Vivien Leigh's last film----in a role that she knew quite well by then-----a variation of her Blanche DuBois character in "Streetcar Named Desire." Her Mrs. Treadwell is a monument to all the depleted middle-aged women in fiction who become shadows of what they once were, and who are constant reminders of what living an empty life ultimately produces.

But she sure was a beautiful woman, even in her final screen appearance. She died just two years later at the age of 54.


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