Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,
USA | 2010 | ~120 min. | Not Rated | Documentary
presented with filmmaker Ric Burns
Post screening discussion with filmmaker Ric Burns.
A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on the rise with a case study in maritime culture. The fate of the whaleship Essex—which set sail from Nantucket in the summer of 1819—is interwoven with the story of a young Herman Melville, whose own imaginative voyage into the deep would give rise to one of the greatest works of American literature, Moby Dick.
This program is in collaboration
with the MV Museum.
"Whale lovers be warned: you will want to watch “Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,” even though there’s an awful lot in it that you won’t want to see."
--Mike Hale, The New York Times