Cinema: New Picture, Jan. 31, 1944

Lifeboat (20th Century-Fox] is one of the most ambitious films in years. It begins with a close-up of a foundering ship's funnel that might stand for the end of an era. Then the camera closely meditates a dissolving frieze of floating debris, and lifts its eye to frame, in the light of predawn, its compact symbol of our time: a damaged boat, its compass smashed, its sole occupant a trullish photojournalist who has lived through so much that she calls herself "practically immortal." Further survivors clamber aboard, masked and anonymous with floating...

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