Cinema: Of Patusans & Platitudes

Lord Jim is the story of a blue-eyed, boyish sailor whose dreams of glory are lost at sea. Joseph Conrad's intricate turn-of-the-century novel expands a solitary act of cowardice into a moot question about every man's moral identity. As chief mate of the Patna, a leaky old steamer with some 800 Moslem pilgrims aboard, Jim joins his panicky crew in abandoning ship at the threat of a gale, only to meet disgrace when the doomed tub rides it out unattended. Thereafter Conrad's hero drags the ghost of his honor through many perils to ultimate redemption in death.

In this long, foolhardy movie...

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