Hitchcock's tense story of doomed strangers stranded together still stands strong almost 80 years later. The film is innovative in its way of presenting normal people under extraordinary circumstances along with a fierce performance from Tallulah Bankhead (in maybe her best role) and the rest of the cast. This early Hitchcock flick proved why his stories are still universal and remains amongst my favorite of his work
In my view, this is one of Hitchcock's most underappreciated masterworks. Besides being a prime showcase for his talents as a visual storyteller and handler of claustrophobic settings, the Master utilizes every suspenseful element of the story, from the survival aspect to the mysterious and unpredictable Willi. Add in all the engaging dramatic subplots, and you a thoroughly gripping piece of cinema.
I liked that it touched the subjects of survival, morality, materialism, class and VERY LITTLE race. I didn't like that it was a bit propagandistic(?) BUT the ending gave a nice twist when the characters on the lifeboat saved a Nazi vs. the final line which sounded as if killing him (and all like him) was the right solution. Also, a nice touch was the the storm followed by a sunny day with the Captain singing.
I love the claustrophobic feel of this film. Hitch really hit full stride in the late 30s-early 40s. Cronyn is great in his supporting role. Really the entire cast adds subtleties to their characters which make the film memorable. At times this feels more like a noir than a Hitch thriller, due to the overwhelming sense of dread. Somewhat weak ending prevents me from giving a full 5. 4.5 stars
Clásica la fórmula sobre personajes disímiles coincidiendo en un espacio, discrepando, entrando en conflicto, para luego cuestionar o reflexionar en base a sus posturas. Desde dicha premisa "Lifeboat" puede ser interpretado como una road movie o individuos forzados a convivir de un punto a otro. Es la ruta que pesa sobre la conciencia.
Sublime. We get so many symbols early on, remnants of society removed from their context, slowly moving through that immense nothingness represented by the sea. Here is a film entirely about the way people(all people) within cultures force meaning onto what is around them. Hitchcock removes his characters' sense of environmental familiarity as a manner of examining whether there is any innate meaning to humanity
4 1/2 out of 5 stars. A grossly underappreciated Hitchcock gem. Despite the limited scenery, there are some gorgeous shots (namely of an increasingly foxy Tallulah Bankhead) and great performances from an impressive cast. The story moves forward magnificently once it gets past the front-ended horror, A great piece of WWII propaganda also.
Estupenda película que retrata los conflictos y tensiones de la segunda guerra mundial centrándose exclusivamente en un puñado de personajes a bordo de un bote salvavidas, Fantástico el retrato del capitán alemán, tan capacitado y carismático, ajeno a los estereotipos. También me pareció notable el arranque por su contundencia y concisión.
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).
The less I think about the aesthetics of the film, which were simple (as to force the intimate character interaction) the more I bemoan the political realities behind this Hitchcock piece. The less political and the more symbolic this film could have been: perhaps new significances would seep in.
A claustrophobic potboiler on a boat with an insane German at the helm. The outside world ceases to exist and the action inside the boat is doomed to repeat forever. Hitchcock's contribution to the wartime propaganda effort was a post-apocalyptic science fiction film. This is a precursor to "The Exterminating Angel".