Between 1939 and his departure for the war in 1942, director John Ford was in the middle of a remarkable string of masterpieces. Gregg Toland, one the greatest-ever cinematographers, was revolutionizing film style with the deep-focus camera techniques that would culminate in his work on CITIZEN KANE. Together, Toland and Ford transformed this adaptation of four one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill (who considered it the best film version of his work) into a melancholy shadow-play about a group of sailors manning an explosives-carrying freighter. In the powerful final act, the sailors flounder amidst the onshore nightlife of a desolate harbor-side town. “An essential work . . . as personal and as deeply felt as any of the more recently canonized Ford masterpieces.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader. (105 mins.)
Preservation funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
THE LONG VOYAGE HOME screens Saturday, March 19 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring UCLA Festival of Preservation series.
Tickets available online and at the door.