Story of a young, inexperienced ship captain named Marlow (Jean Babilée), who struggles in solitude during the voyage with disease, insubordinate crew and vagaries of weather.
One of the four films based on Conrad’s novels (“Almayer’s Folly”, “The End of the Tether”, “Freya of the Seven Isles”, “The Shadow Line”), the plot of which is set in the Malay Archipelago. They constitute a series entitled “From the Far Seas” produced by the French television in 1972.
Georges Franju (12 April 1912 – 5 November 1987) was a French filmmaker. He was born in Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine.
Before working in French cinema, Franju had several different jobs. These included working for an insurance company and in a noodle factory. Franju was also briefly in the military in Algeria and was discharged in 1932. On his return, Franju studied to become a set designer and later created backdrops for music halls including Casino de Paris and the Folles Bergère.
In the mid-thirties, Franju and Henri Langlois met through Franju’s twin brother Jacques Franju. As well as creating the 16 mm short film Le Métro, Langois and Franju also started a short-lived film magazine and created a film club called Le Cercle du Cinema with 500 francs he borrowed from Langlois’ parents. The club showed silent films from their own collections followed by an informal debate about them amongst members. From Le Cercle du Cinema, Franju and Langlois founded the Cinématheque… read more