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Ship of Fools

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Original title
Ship of Fools
Running time
149 min.
United States United States
Abby Mann (Novel: Katherine Anne Porter)
Ernest Gold
Ernest Laszlo (B&W)
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Columbia Pictures / Stanley Kramer Productions
Drama | Sea Adventures
Synopsis / Plot
Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer and Lee Marvin all give mature and passionate performances in this adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's 1962 novel recounting the voyage of a German ship as it leaves Mexico on its way to Bremerhaven, Germany, prior to World War II, in 1931. The film highlights how the voyage is fraught with anti-semitism, unrequited love, xenophobia and dissatisfied lives.

A microcosm of the world and the human experience is revealed aboard a German ocean liner in the 1930s. Based on a 1962 novel by Katherine Anne Porter.
1965: 2 Academy Awards: Best Cinematography (B&W), Art Direction (B&W). 8 Nominations
1965: Golden Globes: 3 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1965: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Oskar Werner)
1965: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Actor (Marvin)
1965: BAFTA Awards: 2 nominations including Best Foreign Actor (Werner)
1965: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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