The Raft's Dream Double Feature
To accompany Metrograph Pictures’s release of Marcus Lindeen’s documentary The Raft, we’re setting sail with two of our favorite lost-at-sea films. See how Hitchcock maintains suspense—and still manages to squeeze in his cameo—in the claustrophobic WWII-era thriller Lifeboat, then relive yachtsman Kenichi Horie’s unbelievable 1962 solo Transpacific trip from Japan to San Francisco in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone Across the Pacific. Two classics that understand and make full use of the dramatic possibilities of endless open water, and perfect companions to Lindeen’s deeply felt, formally innovative new work.
Print of Alone Across the Pacific courtesy of the Japan Foundation.