DIRECTOR: PETER USTINOV
CAST: TERENCE STAMP, ROBERT RYAN, MELVYN DOUGLAS
A film debut for the ages, Billy Budd has the supernaturally gorgeous Stamp in the title role, a pure-of-spirit recruit on a circa 1797 British naval ship whose radiance draws the ire of master-of-arms John Claggart, one of the most menacing looming sociopaths ever played by Robert Ryan—which is saying something. Director Ustinov co-stars, while DP Robert Krasker gives us maritime splendor and below deck intrigue in widescreen black-and-white.
Billy Budd is screening as part of the series Terence Stamp.