Moby Dick: The True Story [Import]
You don't need to have read Melville's masterpiece to enjoy this documentary from the Discovery Channel. As the title indicates, there really was truth behind the fiction. There may not have been an Ahab, but there was a Captain Pollard from Nantucket. In 1820, he took his crew on a whaling expedition that turned into one of the most famous maritime disasters of all time. It began when an 85-foot whale rammed the Essex and sunk it (an unusual occurrence, since sperm whales are generally peaceful). The crew collected what rations they could and split into three lifeboats. Two boats weren't rescued until after three months of starvation, madness--and cannibalism. The third was never found. The tale is recounted through reenactments, computer graphic imagery, and commentary from experts in the fields of biology, literature, and psychology. Although it's not officially tied to the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, this program makes a terrific companion piece. Recommended for ages 10 and up due to some graphic descriptions of violence. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The ship was sunk, and the crew was left to fend for themselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some eventually made it back alive. Some did not. The real drama unfolds here, after the whale has long left the scene. And I can assure you, the sailors found themselves in a quandry that most humans hope they never have to face. Riveting stuff.
Never was interested in MD or the history behind it but this is one of the best and most riveting I have ever watched. Lots of history and recounting leaves no loose ends.