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Encyclopedia > Ship of Fools (film)

Ship of Fools is a 1965 film which tells the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner during the 1930s. It stars Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Josť Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, Michael Dunn, Elizabeth Ashley and George Segal.

The movie was adapted by Abby Mann from the novel by Katherine Anne Porter. It was directed by Stanley Kramer.

It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Oskar Werner), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Dunn), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Simone Signoret), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

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Ship of Fools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (217 words)
The ship of fools is an old allegory, which has long been used in Western culture in literature and paintings.
Ship of Fools (Narrenschiff), a 1494 satire by Sebastian Brant
Ship of Fools, a 1962 novel by Katherine Anne Porter
Station Information - Ship of Fools (535 words)
The Ship of Fools was inspired by a frequent motif in Medieval Art and Literature, and particularly in religious satire, due to a pun on the latin "navus", which means a boat and also the Nave of a Church.
The Ship of Fools is also a peculiar custom of solving the local mental health problem in medieval towns by gathering the local "lunatics" and unemployables, putting them in a cart, and obliging them to "hit the road" to beg a living.
Ship of Fools is also the name of a UK-based Christian website, which was first launched in 1977, on April Fool's Day, no less.
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