The Return of Moby Dick

May 22, 2017 | By

UA’s 1976 reissue poster, with newfangled ‘deep sea’ fonts and a goofy tagline.

Belatedly posted is a review of Twilight Time’s excellent Blu-ray edition sporting the recent restoration of John Huston’s Moby Dick (1956), an adaptation among many that’s aged extremely well, and proved critics of certain elements wrong, namely its unusually desaturated look and Gregory Peck’s snarling performance.

It’s also an extraordinarily well-cut film that often feels like a contemporary action-adventure film, with shots occasionally evoking a bit of classical Hollywood (especially low angle, portrait shots of sad mothers and sisters watching the men sail off to their doom). Also of note is the collaboration between Huston and Ray Bradbury on the screipt, and Huston’s penchant for selecting a contemporary classical composer to score his film (in this case, it’s Philip Sainton).

Coming very shortly is a review of Billy Wilder’s final film for the 1960s, the still bubby The Fortune Cookie (1966), featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Walter Matthau and a superb cast of character actors.




Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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