The Old Man And The Sea (1958): Starring Spencer Tracey, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver, Don Diamond, Don Blackman, Joey Ray, Mary Hemingway, Robert Alderette, Mauritz Hugo, Don Alvarado, Richard Alameda….Director John Sturges..Released in 1958 at a time when audiences were more than familiar with Ernest Hemingway's masterpiece "The Old Man And The Sea"- a simple, short story layered with complex symbolism about man vs nature – this film by director John Sturges is a beautiful homage to Hemingway's story. There is much to admire about this film even the fact it drags on and seems rather long and boring, especially because there is much voice-over narration and little dialog. An older Spencer Tracey, in the beginning of the last phase of his long career before his death in 1969, portrays the eponymous Old Man, Santiago while also providing the voice-over narration. Filmed in gorgeous color (in the late 50's mainstream films were in color, independent, art-house or…
From the brilliant literally mind of Earnest Hemmingway, comes the touching story of " The Old Man and The Sea ". Spencer Tracy, plays The Old Man and his fine acting in this movie, garnered him an Oscar nomination in 1958. Tracy stars in the film and narrates the story. One follows attentively as he tells his tale of the Old Cuban and the native boy. Felipe Pazos plays the Boy and the two become life long friends. The simple quest of the Old Fishman to go out into the vast ocean in his little skiff to bring back enough fish to eat is a daily chore. What transpires is that many days go by without the Old Man catching anything at all. When the boy reminds him, he can bring the old man some luck, the old man prays earnestly to catch something worthy of his life at sea. When his prayer is answered, the old man is unsure of his amazing luck. The 'Catch of a Lifetime ' sends the old man into a retrospect of his life and it's recollection become the heart of the story….
I'm dismayed by the discussion on IMDb relating to reactions to this film by people of today's generations.Sorry, but maybe the youth of today actually know a thing or two about story, and about film, because they have available to them the sum total of human artistic product. They aren't limited to just what certain folks deem appropriate. Sure, if Old Man And The Sea was one of the few things you could access for entertainment back in the day, you might be impressed by it. Well, life goes on, and some of today's classics will be tomorrow's rubbish. That is how it must be.And guess what? Old Man And The Sea, at least as filmed for 1958, IS rubbish. How can you justify a scene in which a spear is thrown INTO THE OPEN WOUND that it is supposed to yet make? How you can you justify a scene where a line is pulled tight, attached at both ends above the water (boat and fish) and yet the line goes straight down into the depths? Even taking into account the usual curv…
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