Morituri ★★★★

What a surprise this one was... WWII film with an intriguing plot and a lesser-known but remarkable performance from Marlon Brando, plus an equally effective one from Yul Brynner. Also noteworthy is the spectacular B&W cinematography by Conrad Hall. He won Oscars for his work in Butch Cassidy, American Beauty and Road to Perdition, and was nominated for this one as well. Be sure to check out the amazing helicopter tracking shots (around 48 and 65 minutes in). Between the cinematography and the art direction, the run-down merchant ship on which the story takes place is turned into a grim and dank world, palpable and claustrophobic ... I can't think of any maritime film besides Das Boot that creates such a vivid and rich atmosphere.