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The Shadow Line (1976)

Smuga cienia (original title)
From Joseph Conrad's great novel comes the story of a young seaman trying to helm a damaged boat to Singapore and dealing with many unfortunate events. While on command of the situation, he... See full summary »

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John Bennett
Martin Wyldeck ...
Richard Bartlett ...
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Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ...
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Gordon Richardson ...
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From Joseph Conrad's great novel comes the story of a young seaman trying to helm a damaged boat to Singapore and dealing with many unfortunate events. While on command of the situation, he also devotes himself to help his failing crew and some of the boat's many passengers, some of them who are in poor health conditions. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Great, Unknown Conrad Adaptation
22 January 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that this English-speaking film is totally unknown in the US due to its unavailability. It's one of the great adaptations of Conrad to film. The first part, on land before the sea voyage, was filmed on location in Burma with some really fine British actors, particularly the actor who plays the older captain who gets him the job (I'd like to know who that is). The photography, especially the use of color and light, is extraordinary and Wajda captures the sense of a real place and time. (It really should be seen on the big screen.) This is about one of those Conrad voyages where nothing goes right. It's a young man's first experience as captain: his ship becalmed, an ailing crew, and a half-mad first mate who claims the ship is jinxed by the former captain. While the essence of the story--a dead calm and nothing happening--is a difficult subject to film, Wajda is up to the task and the film is engrossing throughout. And the dialogue isn't plagued by the tin-ear that than can occur when English is not the director's first language. Just a terrific job all around.


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