February 20, 2018  

The Second Half and Whaling Museum present afternoons at the movies

Classic movies about the sea, sea creatures, and seafaring adventurers Thursdays, March 22 – May 10

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Each season, The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presents a new slate of afternoon lectures and activities in association with the New Bedford Whaling Museum. On Thursday afternoons this spring, The Second Half and the Whaling Museum will present a series of eight classic movies about the sea, sea creatures, and seafaring adventurers featuring big stars and some of the most famous titles in movie history, “Master and Commander,” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” to name a few. The films will be screened in the Museum’s Cook Memorial Theater. Showtime is 2:30 pm on March 22 and 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3 and 10. Tickets cost $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members and can be purchased online at whalingmuseum.org or by calling 508-997-0046 ext. 100. For more information about the series visit whalingmuseum.org.


March 22: “Master and Commander”
After a sneak attack by a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his vessel, Captain “Lucky” Jack Aubrey (Crowe) is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes chase across two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy at any cost.


March 29: “The Whale”
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, “The Whale” is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences.


April 5: “Mutiny on the Bounty”
Charles Laughton portrays Captain Bligh, a seafaring monster ruling with the law of fear. Solidifying his status as Hollywood’s #1 male star, Clark Gable is first officer Fletcher Christian, whose will to obey erodes under Bligh’s tyranny. Franchot Tone plays idealistic midshipman Byam, torn by his allegiance to both. That all three portrayals are vividly memorable is accented by the fact that for the only time in Oscar history, three stars from the same film were Best Actor nominees.


April 12: “Captains Courageous”
The fishing schooner We’re Here has just pulled up a different kind of fish: rich, 10-year-old Harvey Cheyne, who tumbled off the side of a sleek ocean liner. Harvey will have to wait months before the We’re Here returns to harbor, months that will transform him from a spoiled whiner into an honorable young man, all because of the life lessons he learns from Manuel, the humble fisherman who befriends him.


April 19: “Moby-Dick”
Consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck) has one purpose in life – revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat, Ahab uses his command as an excuse to sail the seven seas in an unrelenting search for his prey. Battling a mutinous crew, tropical heat and violent storms, Ahab finally catches up to his quarry and begins a confrontation that culminates in an epic struggle of non-stop fury…and inevitable doom.


April 26: “Into the Deep”
For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution, and laying the ground-work for a truly global economy. This two-hour film will tell the riveting and extraordinary story of the American whaling industry, from its origins off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the great golden age of deep-ocean whaling, to the industry’s spectacular demise.


May 3: “Two Years Before the Mast”
The hardships of life at sea transform the sheltered scion of a ship owner into a hardened, valiant mutineer as he is compelled to lead an uprising against the brutal captain after the scurvy breaks out. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Richard Henry Dana.


May 10: “The Old Man and the Sea”
Alone in a small skiff, an aging Cuban fisherman catches a huge marlin – and must defy the sea, marauding sharks and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home. Filmed in part on sun-drenched Cuban locales and graced by Dimitri Tiomkin’s Oscar-winning score, “The Old Man and the Sea” is a colorful cinematic ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


About The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute
The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute is a community-based membership, self-governing, non-profit organization whose programs provide intellectual stimulation and social interaction. The Second Half provides opportunities for residents of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island to participate in study groups, interest groups, lectures, and special events, so members can expand their knowledge as well as their social circles.


Media contact:  
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum