Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship’s doctor who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Contessa.
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a bit long yes, but still has a tremendous cast that's a joy to watch. very special nod has to go to signoret who has to be one of the most underrated actors and her interaction with werner is just wonderful.
Stanley Kramer made everything seem black and white. The movie is a courser, almost cartoonish version of the book. This is typical of his work. He dealt with topical subjects but he didn't go deep. He was a sensationalist. I may get into trouble here but he shared many instincts with the latter day Otto Preminger who feasted on big topics without really exploring them.