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A Night to Remember (1958)
Currently, the best version of the maritime tragedy available.
What a little research and determination to present facts will do! The technical flaws of models are quite easily overlooked and don't hinder the story-telling. The data has been assembled and presented accompanied by film and editing techniques that increase the tension even though we know the outcome. Improbable fiction is not allowed to distract from the presentation of a very factual film. This little film puts the lie to the belief that bigger is better, even after forty years.
The Coen Brothers come up with another winner.
With no major stars or well-known names, the actors outshine many more familiar personages. The story is well thought out. The criminals don't try to ingratiate themselves with the audience which adds to its reality. The acting is most convincing and the writing is excellent. Even the cold of a North Dakota winter comes across. Every film course should make use of this movie to demonstrate how to make a very good film without relying on a bottomless budget.