The production of this sea epic was inspired by the actor, Sterling Hayden, a friend of director, Raul daSilva. Hayden had been the captain of a tall ship as a young man (leading to his discovery by Paramount Pictures). See more »
I highly recommend this video to individuals, public libraries and for high school and college classic literature classes. This is an excellent film in which creative visualization of a classic poem makes it come alive. We feel the dynamics of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge's words as spoken by the Ancient Mariner. It is as if we are both the listener and the Mariner. When the dead albatross falls from the Mariner's neck, we too are transformed through love in our hearts and understanding of our fellow humans. We hope for a better outcome to the struggles we now face in our own world of war and violence. Director Raul daSilva did an outstanding job in making this poem not only understandable but also to arouse our sensitivity. The incorporation of Doré's illustrations, visual effects of colors, the well-chosen classical music and sounds of the sea all enhanced our senses and deepened our emotional experience with the poem. BRAVO to daSilva and his team. Well done!!
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