Ship of Fools. In her mordant 1962 bestseller, Novelist Katherine Anne
Porter unsparingly scrutinized what she described as "the ship of this
world on its voyage to eternity." Her passengers were pimps, bigots,
weaklings and other morally rumpled types, booked from Veracruz to
Bremerhaven on the German vessel Vera during the early 1930s. Skirting
the allegorical deeps, Producer-Director Stanley Kramer and Scenarist
Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg) have turned Ship into just another
showboata flashy popular melodrama, acted with everyman-for-himself
urgency by a troupe of scintillating international stars.
Director Kramer, who seldom resorts...
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