Michael Curtiz Double Feature! THE SEA WOLF stars Edward G. Robinson as a brutal skipper who wreaks havoc on his entire crew. THE BREAKING POINT follows a World War II veteran who has fallen on hard times and agrees to ferry a gang of robbers out of the country. Introduction by author Alan K. Rode, who will sign his book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, in the lobby at 6:30 PM
Introduction by author Alan K. Rode, who will sign his book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
Theatrical Debut of Digital Restoration with Long-Missing Footage!
THE SEA WOLF
1941, Warner Bros.,, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz
The definitive cinematic version of Jack London’s famed novel returns to the big screen. Edward G. Robinson’s magnificent portrayal of Wolf Larsen is the centerpiece of a darkly fatalistic tale adapted by Robert Rossen (ALL THE KING’S MEN, THE HUSTLER) who blends a distinctive anti-Nazi sentiment (initiated into American movies by the brothers Warner) with an unforgettable saga of tyranny at sea. An all-star cast of John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Gene Lockhart and Barry Fitzgerald add dramatic heft to Curtiz’s brilliantly helmed epic.
THE BREAKING POINT
1950, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz
The finest film version of Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not (and yes, that includes the Bogart-Hawks classic) shifts the story from Cuba to Newport Beach, California, but retains the novel’s core of noir-stained tragedy. As Skipper Harry Morgan, John Garfield essays his finest screen portrayal of a man whose domestic travails and mid-life crisis results in crime, flight and death. Garfield’s turn is perfectly matched by Patricia Neal, as a predatory femme fatale, and Phyllis Thaxter as his beaten-down but unswervingly loyal spouse. With Wallace Ford as a bottom-feeding attorney and the great Afro-Cuban actor Juano Hernandez.
Screening formats: DCP (THE SEA WOLF), 35 mm (THE BREAKING POINT). THE BREAKING POINT 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by Warner Bros. in association with The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.