The LAYKA Lens film series is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
The Latest Lens | May 2021
Michael Curtiz, USA, 1941
As we continue our explorations of cinema in the shadow of authoritarianism, our next LAYKA Lens selection is Michael Curtiz’s The Sea Wolf, starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, and Alexander Knox. Adapted from Jack London’s classic novel, this 1941 film centers on Wolf Larsen, the tyrannical, abusive captain of the doomed seal-hunting ship, the Ghost.
Released just months before the United States entered the Second World War, The Sea Wolf features a cast and crew deeply rooted in Yiddish and Jewish American theater and with outspoken anti-fascist stances. Edward G. Robinson made his theatrical debut in a Yiddish play directed by and starring Rudolf Schildkraut. John Garfield was trained by the famed Yiddish theater icon, Stella Adler.