HELL IN THE PACIFIC
Thursday, February 12
Starring LEE MARVIN and TOSHIRO MIFUNE
(1968) Stranded on a deserted Pacific island, WWII soldiers Marvin and Mifune face off – often in stark, wordless confrontations -- in this metaphysical tale, gorgeously photographed in widescreen by DP Conrad Hall. Approx. 103 mins. 35mm.
“Shot by shot…must be the most thoughtfully, beautifully composed American movie since Boorman’s own POINT BLANK.”
– Stephen Farber, Film Quarterly
“(Boorman) has skillfully resolved the problem posed by a two-character film in which the principals cannot talk to each other -- only at each other. By treating language as so many anguished animal noises, he leaves his two fine actors to convey with the changing topography of their faces the steady hysteria of men cast together without the comfort of mutual trust... Nationalism and racial enmity, Boorman is saying, can destroy even the relationships built on the most intense interpersonal experience.”
– Paul D. Zimmerman, Newsweek