This year’s annual movie marathon finds danger on the high seas, in the churning rapids and even on a seemingly placid lake, presenting a selection of taut and waterlogged films where boat voyages become suspended states of mind: obsessive, delusional, perilous and even disastrous. From Huston’s classic adventure of improbable romance aboard the dilapidated African Queen to Polanski’s vision of sexualized power games on a cramped sailboat, to the solitary epic ocean adventure of the young Japanese sailor in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone on the Pacific, this selection of films rides the waves and eddies of strange fortune, or fate, to unexpected destinations. While Rene Clement’s Purple Noon features only selected scenes aboard a sailboat, they reveal the dangerously fickle tides able to upend an oceanic escape and transforms a strange friendship into a deadly rivalry taken to a feverish extreme by Alain Delon’s dastardly and enigmatically feline Mr. Ripley. The evening concludes with two epic shipwrecks, one driven by Klaus Kinski’s messianic Fitzcarraldo and the other featuring an embattled studio cast of rising and fading stars plunged together into the ocean’s depths onboard the ill-fated Poseidon. Life jackets will be provided.
The African QueenDirected by John Huston.
With Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley.
US, 1952, 35mm, color, 105 min.
Purple Noon (Plein soleil)Directed by René Clement.
With Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt.
France/Italy, 1960, 35mm, color, 118 min.
French, Italian and English with English subtitles.
Alone on the Pacific (Taiheiyo hitoribotchi)Directed by Kon Ichikawa.
With Yujiro Ishihara, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka.
Japan, 1964, 35mm, color, 104 min.
Japanese and English with English subtitles.
Knife in the Water (Nóż w wodzie)Directed by Roman Polanski.
With Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz.
Poland, 1962, 35mm, black & white, 94 min.
Polish with English subtitles.
FitzcarraldoDirected by Werner Herzog.
With Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy.
West Germany/Peru/South Africa, 1982, 35mm, color, 158 min.
German, Spanish, Italian and English with English subtitles.
The Poseidon AdventureDirected by Ronald Neame.
With Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons.
US, 1972, 35mm, color, 117 min.