In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Hitchcock's only war film (commercial feature that is) is also a purely aesthetic exercise. Interesting that he chose to represent war in such a limited scope, but nevertheless this film depicts the conflict and flight for survival in a succinct and chilling way. Aesthetically this is a noble effort, but frankly it was quite suffocating by the end (which is probably Hitchcock's point).
Using a limited setting for the first but not last time, the Master of Suspense rises to the challenge of sustaining visual interest in this wartime allegorical thriller set entirely at sea. Based on an unpublished Steinbeck novella and mainly shot in the studio tank of 20th Century Fox, Hitch shows us a cross-section of humanity who are all survivors from a torpedoed ship. Nicely performed with Bankhead a standout..
Hitchcock’s filmic realisation of John Steinbeck’s ‘Lifeboat’ is a master-class in economy and visual wit, elegantly handling the separate and collective catastrophe’s that envelope the occupants of… read review
“Lifeboat” was an experiment in the unity of space. An experiment in the same way that “Rope” (1948) and “Rear Window” were. The entire film takes place in a lifeboat adrift in the Atlantic Ocean… read review