Ship of Fools (1965) (mini-review++)

ship(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 7

effects 8

editing 7

writing 9


4 out of 5 🐙


“Oh, I can just hear you saying. What does all of this have to do with us? Nothing.” The last line spoken in this sociological survey of early 1930’s germans and Americans on a luxury liner harkens back to an era when Hollywood actually thought the audience could understand subtlety and irony, and, gasp, they could even extrapolate. The dialogue is rich and powerful and the actors who deliver it are artisans. It’s a time capsule with a feverish pulse. There’s not much of a plot, per se. But it’s a constellation of subplots that paint a picture of the dusk before the horrible dawn. And Lee Marvin has a sixpack. What more could you want?







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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