Dark Waters: All-Night Movie Marathon


Saturday, August 31, 2019, 7:00pm to Sunday, September 1, 2019, 1:00am


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

This year’s annual movie marathon at the Harvard Film Archive 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.

Cost: $12

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