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Lifeboat


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  Lifeboat Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
7.45 /10
 
Starring
Tallulah Bankhead , Walter Slezak , Henry Hull
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Jo Swerling from John Steinbeck's story

 
 
 
Released: 1944
   
Genre: DRAMA
WAR
WORLD WAR II
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 96
 
 


 

Survivors of a torpedoed passenger ship share a lifeboat with the U-boat commander responsible (Walter Slezak).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A skilful piece of craftsmanship and wartime propaganda by Alfred Hitchcock, miraculous for the way it changes the audience's point of view, sometimes even within the same shot. As an allegory about the nature of fascism, however, it seems more than a little contrived... and confused. It works best as a simple demonstration of the fact that the allies must set aside their petty differences if they are to overcome their common enemy. Glenn MacWilliams's photography - inventive within a tightly confined space - was Oscar-nominated.

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