Cinema: Shell Games Turtle Diary

Directed by John Irvin Screenplay by Harold Pinter

Round and round the sea turtles paddle. They have lived in a tank in London's Regent's Park Zoo for 30 years. Considering that sad history, their cramped conditions and their vast life expectancies, it would be easy to see them --especially in a bad movie--as symbols of futility.

Round and round paddles William Snow (Ben Kingsley). He lives in a boardinghouse and works as a bookstore clerk, having dropped out of marriage and more exciting forms of commerce. Asked if he was a good father to his daughters, he replies, "They thought so. Of course, they were very young then."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!