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Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab

cast: Denis Lavant, Dominique Blanc, Isild Le Besco

year: 2006

colour: no


director: Philippe Ramos

runtime: 97

Philippe Ramos gives us a prequel to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, sketching out the pre-novel career of monomaniac whale hunter Ahab, played as a boy by Virgil Leclair, as a man by the inimitable Denis Lavant. Chapters in Ahab's life are narrated by those closest to him: his widowed woodsman father (Jean-François Stévenin), his aunt, a pator who adopts the boy, a Nantucket laundress who comes to love the man, and at last Starbuck (Jacques Bonnaffé), one of the mariners caught up in Ahab's mad quest fot the white whale.


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