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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, they will stop in Cuba to ... 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, they 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, and La Condesa, a Spanish countess, and 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 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 twenty-six days, Willi's life which also includes a wife ... 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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The election referred to was the German Federal election of 1933, in which the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP, or the Nazis) received 43.9% of the overall vote, an increase of 10.8% on the previous election. See more »

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Although set in 1933, the hairstyles and costumes are decidedly mid-sixties. See more »

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Bill Tenny: I was in Vercaruz trying to teach them greasers to play ball. Man, they tried to poison me. You know, I had the runs for three weeks.
Mary Treadwell: How interesting. I'd like to hear more about it.
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Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear
Music and Lyrics by Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart, Milton Ager & Ed Nelson
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An Imperfect Gem
2 December 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

A grim long voyage with an earnest script by the remarkable Abby Mann and a respectful Stanley Kramer at the helm. Assorted desperate characters makes the sailing a gripping one. When the extraordinary Simone Signoret, Oskar Werner and Vivien Leigh are on, we're there with them one hundred per cent. Simone Signoret's addicted Countess and Vivien Leigh's bitter and disillusioned middle age Southern woman touch and dominate the highest, most powerful moments. Their stories have an immediate resonance and their faces, wonderful, beautiful faces, carry a truth that is as pungent as it is undeniable. Painful yes, very painful but, as it happens with the best kind of drama, entertaining, compelling, cinematic. Jose Ferrer's German bore, George Segal and Elizabeth Ashley and even the wonderful Michael Dunn will make you sea sick at times but I will recommend it nonetheless just to admire and enjoy Vivien Leigh's Charleston or Simone Signoret looking at Oskar Werner with a mixture of love, lust, compassion and need. For collectors of imperfect gems.


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