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A Brief History of Cinema Afloat: Part 3

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With life slowly returning to normal (whatever that is), the prospect of messing about in boats seems irresistible. Cinema Paradiso invites you to try a spot of yachting or rowing. Or maybe you'd rather take the helm of a narrowboat? Whatever pleasure craft takes your fancy, there's a film to suit the mood.

In the first part of Cinema Paradiso's survey of cinema afloat, we looked at sailing ships and everything from fishing trawlers to paddle steamers. We also became acquainted with some timber-shivering pirates, smugglers, mutineers and hijackers. The second selection centred on luxury liners and disasters at sea. So, it's high time we slowed things down and just drifted with the current.

Who Wants to Journey on a Gigantic Yacht?

Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm might not have wanted to go yachting judging by the lyrics of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' in Charles Walters's High Society (1956), but bobbing under canvas proved just the job for Bing Crosby to serenade Grace Kelly with 'True Love' in the same film. It always helps to have words and music by Cole Porter, of course, but film-makers have never missed a chance to set a scene on a trim sailing craft.

Take Orson Welles, for example, whose Irish sailor is lured by Rita Hayworth to a yacht named 'Circe' in order to participate in a devious 'murder' plot during a voyage through the Panama Canal in The Lady From Shanghai (1947), which Welles adapted from Sherwood King's pulp thriller, If I Die Before I Wake. Just as Welles should have walked away in New York's Central Park, so siblings Vincent Ball and Naomi Chance should have sailed past the dismasted vessel floating off the English coast in Vernon Sewell's Dangerous Voyage (aka Terror Ship, 1954), as it holds a terrible secret.

A still from The White Sheik (1951)
A still from The White Sheik (1951)

Brother and sister Edwin Richfield and Gwyneth Vaughan have more luck when they team with the former's Aussie war buddy Don Sharp to revive their Suffolk village's reputation as a regatta venue in Frank Worth's Ha'penny Breeze (1950), a charming drama that was filmed in the fishing port of Pin Mill in a bid to produce a British neo-realist film. Federico Fellini had also been inspired by the low-budget pictures being produced after the war in his native Italy and the influence is evident in The White Sheik (1951), as new bride Brunella Bova allows herself to be lured on to the yacht of photo-romance idol Alberto Sordi.

Woody Allen borrowed elements of the plot for To Rome With Love (2012) and more newlyweds find themselves afloat in Wendy Toye's True As a Turtle (1957), as John Gregson convinces June Thorburn to help his career by sailing to France with cantankerous customer, Cecil Parker. He's on more affable form as the ennobled Edwardian owner of a steam yacht cruising the South Seas in Lewis Gilbert's adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play, The Admirable Crichton (1957). However, rank counts for nothing when the craft is wrecked and Parker and his three daughters come to rely heavily on butler Kenneth More and maid Diane Cilento.

When not dragging up as Josephine in order to avoid being caught by the mob after witnessing a gangland killing, 1920s musician Joe (Tony Curtis) poses as the heir to the Shell Oil fortune aboard the borrowed yacht, 'New Caledonia', to impress singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959). However, the best line in this peerless comedy is delivered by Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) aboard a motor launch after he discovers that Geraldine (Jack Lemmon) is really a man named Jerry.

Monroe would have played a wife and mother who is presumed lost at sea in George Cukor's remake of Garson Kanin's My Favourite Wife (1940). But Something's Got to Give was never completed and you can find out why Doris Day inherited the role in Michael Gordon's Move Over, Darling (1963), by reading the Cinema Paradiso article, Getting to Know Marilyn Monroe.

Changing tack, Kon Ichikawa brilliantly recreates the 1962 bid by Kenichi Horie (Yujiro Ishihara) to sail single-handed across the world's biggest ocean in a tiny craft named 'The Mermaid' in Alone Across the Pacific (1963). The contrast couldn't be greater between this study in solitude and courage and Richard L. Bare's I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew (1968), which will probably never see the light of a DVD or Blu-ray player, but is worth mentioning for its title alone.

While Horie was at sea, Roman Polanski was making his feature debut with Knife in the Water (1962), a gripping thriller in which sports reporter Leon Niemczyk and wife Jolanta Umecka come to regret inviting hitcher Zygmunt Malanowicz to join them for a sail on a Polish lake. Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman doubtless feel the same way about a pre- Titanic Billy Zane in Philip Noyce's remake, Dead Calm (1989), which was released four years after Christian Duguay's tele-variation on the theme, Adrift (1993), which sees Kate Jackson and Kenneth Welsh's cruise go awry when they pick up seemingly helpless castaways Bruce Greenwood and Kelly Rowan.

Gregory Peck turned producer for the third and final time on Charles Jarrott's The Dove (1974), which stars Joseph Bottoms in a biopic of 16 year-old Robin Lee Graham, who took five years to circumnavigate the globe in his 23-foot sloop. While this underrated film boasts ports of call across the world, the children in both Claude Whatham's 1974 and Philippa Lowthorpe's 2016 adaptations of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons have to make do with Wild Cat Island in the Lake District.

A still from Riddle of the Sands (1979)
A still from Riddle of the Sands (1979)

Another literary classic provides the inspiration for Tony Maylam's The Riddle of the Sands (1979), as Charles Carruthers (Michael York) joins college pal Arthur Davies (Simon MacCorkindale) for a 1901 jaunt along the continental coast aboard a yacht named 'Dulcibella'. However, they soon become suspicious of the activities around the Frisian Islands of a German vessel named 'Medusa'. Co-starring Jenny Agutter, this intriguing film was released around the time that British television was producing several series with nautical connections. Cinema Paradiso users can indulge in a little box setting by renting The Onedin Line (1971-80), When the Boat Comes In (1976-81) and Howards' Way (1985-90), with the latter being set in rival boat-building yards in the fictional south coastal town of Tarrant.

A little white lie goes a long way in Gary Marshall's Overboard (1987) and Rob Greenberg's 2018 flipside remake of the same name. In the former, widowed carpenter Kurt Russell convinces spoilt socialite Goldie Hawn that she's the mother of his four children after she loses her memory after falling off her husband's boat. The case of amnesia in the latter, however, belongs to Eugenio Derbez, the playboy scion of Mexico's richest family, who is put to work by Anna Faris, the single mom of three who cleans his luxury yacht.

Sporting another of his trademark eyepatches, Russell finds himself at the wheel again in Thom Eberhardt's Captain Ron (1992). This time, he fibs about having been the pilot of USS Saratoga in order to persuade Chicago rube Martin Short to let him skipper a cruise to the Caribbean after Short inherits Clark Gable's old yacht, 'The Wanderer'. The same year also saw the release of Carroll Ballard's Wind (1992), which starred Matthew Modine as a yachtsman determined to win back both the America's Cup and estranged partner, Jennifer Grey.

Just as this drama was based on actual events, Jerry Rothwell and Louise Osmond's documentary, Deep Water (2006), tells the tragic true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who got out of his depth after entering a single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. His ill-starred odyssey has twice been dramatised, with Justin Salinger and Colin Firth respectively playing the increasingly desperate novice in Simon Rumley's Crowhurst (2017) and James Marsh's The Mercy (2018).

The vastness and treachery of the ocean is also made readily apparent in Kris Kentis's Open Water (2003), when a couple on a dream holiday surface to see no sign of their dive boat. In Hans Horn's sequel, Open Water 2: Adrift (2006), six friends find themselves in similarly deep water after they all jump off a yacht without first lowering the ladder.

It's events aboard 'Oneida', the luxury yacht belonging to press baron William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann), that fascinate director Peter Bogdanovich in The Cat's Meow (2001), as he tries to piece together how silent film producer Thomas Ince (Cary Elwes) met his death during a 1924 birthday cruise that counted Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst) and Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard) among the guests. This fine film also merits a mention in Cinema Paradiso's article on 10 Films to Watch If You Liked Citizen Kane.

A still from Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)
A still from Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

Much to the concern of René Russo, widowed US Coast Guard Dennis Quaid gets whacked by the jib during the course of Raja Gosnell's Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), a remake of a 1968 comedy starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball that chronicles the complex family life of a couple with 18 children between them. However, there's nothing cosy and sitcomedic about Oliver Blackburn's Donkey Punch (2008), as holidaying friends Sian Breckin, Nichola Burley and Jaime Winstone come to regret an invitaton to party on a yacht with the four men they meet in Mallorca.

François Cluzet is given a last-minute chance to compete in the Vendée Globe single-handed yacht race in debutant Christopher Offenstein's Turning Tide (aka En Solitaire, 2013). However, his chances are jeopardised when he finds a refugee stowed away on his boat in a César-nominated outing that would make a fine double bill with Wolfgang Fischer's Styx (2018) if the latter was available on disc. The finest film about women afloat is available to rent on high-quality DVD and Blu-ray from Cinema Paradiso, however, and we heartily recommend that you borrow Alex Holmes's Maiden (2018) in order to learn about the remarkable feat achieved by Tracey Edwards and her all-female crew during the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race.

Uttering just 51 words in the entire picture, Robert Redford is very much alone, as he battles the elements after his craft is hit by a container vessel in the Indian Ocean in in J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost (2013), which was filmed in the water tank at the Baja Studios in Mexico that was built specially for James Cameron's Titanic (1997). Isolation is also enforced upon the four-man crew of 'The Rose Noëlle' after the trimarin is overturned during a storm in John Laing's Stranded (aka Abandoned, 2015) and the survivors who set out from New Zealand have to cling on for 119 days, as they drift towards the Great Barrier Reef.

Hurricane Raymond poses problems for Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley after the luxury yacht 'Hazaña' runs into difficulty in the Pacific Ocean in Baltasar Kormákur's Adrift (2018). Martin Scorsese sets several scenes aboard the mega-yacht 'Nadine' in order to scrutinise the decadence of the super rich in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in an Oscar-nominated turn as broker Jordan Belfort. By contrast, Christopher Lloyd seeks nothing but seclusion until he agrees to provide sanctuary for a bullied nine year-old orphan in Arnold Grossman's The Boat Builder (2015).

Business tycoon Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) invites world leaders to a summit aboard his yacht, 'Everjust', in order to legalise superheroes in Brad Bird's Incredibles 2 (2018). Things get a bit complicated thenceforth, but that's nothing compared to what happens after Sator (Kenneth Branagh) and his wife, Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) have a row aboard a mega-yacht (actually 'Planet Nine') in the opening moments of Christopher Nolan's Tenet (2020). The craft crops up at regular intervals, but Cinema Paradiso has a strict spoilers policy, especially when it's not exactly sure what the heck's going on.

Gently Down the Stream

A still from Ben-Hur (1959)
A still from Ben-Hur (1959)

Not all rowing scenes are like the one in the galley in William Wyler's multiple Oscar winner, Ben-Hur (1959). If only because there would be nowhere to put the drum in most skiffs, shells or rowing boats. But, ever since Birt Acres's astonished audiences with The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race back in 1895, film-makers have been drawn to people sticking their oar in.

Buster Keaton seeks to impress Anne Cornwall with his athletic prowess in James W. Horne's College (1927). However, his bid to cox the men's eight culminates in an unlikely triumph after he rips off the rudder and capsizes the boat. A rare example of a female crew can be found in Erich Waschneck's musical, Acht Mädels im Boot (1932), which Hollywood remade as a Pre-Code melodrama in Richard Wallace's Eight Girls in a Boat (1934).

Several rowing pictures have had varsity settings, with Oxford comfortably outstripping Cambridge since Robert Taylor decided to dip his blade in the Isis in Jack Conway's A Yank At Oxford (1938). This was splendidly parodied by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Alfred Goulding's A Chump At Oxford (1940) before Rob Lowe decided to show off his rowing prowess after landing a place at Oriel College in Robert Boris's remake Oxford Blues (1984). On the factual side, Ferdinand Fairfax chronicled the Dark Blue mutiny in the run up to the 1987 Boat Race in True Blue (1996).

The competition is of a more psychotically personal kind, as Gene Tierney takes to a rowing boat to watch polio-stricken brother-in-law Darryl Hickman's attempt to swim the lake at Warm Springs, Georgia in John M. Stahl's gripping Technicolor noir, Leave Her to Heaven (1946). There's nothing malevolent about the splishings and sploshings in Ken Annakin's adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (1956), however, as J (David Tomlinson), Harris (Jimmy Edwards) and George (Laurence Harvey) attempt to row the River Thames from London to Oxford.

A rowing boat proves essential for Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog to reach Kirrin Island in Gerald Landau's Five on a Treasure Island (1957), an eight-part Children's Film Foundation serial adaptation of the same Enid Blyton bestseller that Tony Kysh would rework for television as The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island (1996). The storyline was mercilessly lampooned by Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in Bob Spiers's Five Go Mad in Dorset (1982). And the Comic Strip Presents... gang would also reunite for Five Go Mad on Mescalin (1983) and Five Go to Rehab (2012).

Tommy Steele hopes to win Lady Botting's Boating Regatta Cup in George Sidney's Half a Sixpence (1967), the musical version of H.G. Wells's Kipps, which had been filmed under its original title by Carol Reed in 1941. Both should really be available on disc, although Cinema Paradiso users can enjoy the sight of Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) sabotaging the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race in Joseph McGrath's madcap take on Terry Southern's cult novel, The Magic Christian (1969). The action eventually winds up on an eponymous liner, where Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr) discovers something untoward in the machine room. Such flights of surrealist fancy also inform Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974), which sees Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier make a disturbing discovery about alternative realities when they eventually get to row out on to a placid river.

A still from The Boy in Blue (1986)
A still from The Boy in Blue (1986)

According to Gonzalo Suárez's Rowing With the Wind (1988), Mary Shelley (Lizzy McInnerny) concocted her famous story about Frankenstein's creature in between boating trips on Lake Leman in Switzerland. Faint echoes of that fable can be heard in Charles Jarrott's The Boy in Blue (1986), a biopic of 1870s rowing sensation Ned Hanlon (Nicolas Cage) and his unscrupulous associates, a gambler called Bill (David Naughton) and businessman named Knox (Christopher Plummer), who seek to exploit his unique talent.

American sculler Tiff Wood (Colin Ferguson) and his bid to compete at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles provides the drama in Masato Harada's Rowing Through (1996). On a similar theme, the London Games become the obsession for rower Sarah Megan Thomas in Ben Hickernell's Backwards (2012).

Echoes of Eight Girls in a Boat can be heard in Frederic Golchan's Kimberly (1999), as rowing coach Gabrielle Anwar becomes pregnant by one of the four men she is preparing for a big race. A German teenager also has to deal with a big secret when a gay rowing team comes to compete against his own crew in Marco Kreuzpaintner's Summer Storm (2004) and the identical twins (both played by Aaron Ashmore) in Jordan Barker's My Brother's Keeper (2004) also have to decides what's right on the eve of the National Rowing Finals, after they have swapped places so that the more academically inclined brother can benefit from the university place awarded to his hard-partying sibling.

A still from Wedding Crashers (2005)
A still from Wedding Crashers (2005)

Armie Hammer also doubles up as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, as they compete at the prestigious Henley Regatta in David Fincher's The Social Network (2010). This isn't the only picture in which rowing plays a passing part and Cinema Paradiso invites you to spot the oar in the following titles in its unrivalled catalogue of DVD, Blu-ray and 4K discs: Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (1964); Norman Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); Franklin J. Schaffner's Patton (1970); William Friedkin's The Exorcist; Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were (both 1973); John Landis's Trading Places (1983); Hugh Hudson's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984); Dick Maas's Amsterdamned (1988); Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society (1989); Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992); Rowdy Harrington's Striking Distance; Sydney Pollack's The Firm; Ivan Reitman's Dave (all 1993); James Cameron's True Lies (1994); Martin Campbell's GoldenEye; Antonia Bird's Mad Love; Christopher Hampton's Carrington (all 1995); Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors; Nicholas Hytner's The Object of My Affection; Tony Scott's Enemy of the State (all 1998); M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999); Rob Cohen's The Skulls (2000); Jesse Dylan's How High; James Toback's Harvard Man; Ridley Scott's Hannibal (all 2001); Michael Hoffman's The Emperor's Club (2002); Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile; Dennie Gordon's What a Girl Wants (both 2003); Gary David Goldberg's Must Love Dogs; and David Dobkin's Wedding Crashers (both 2005). Got them all? Well done, you!

On the Straight and Narrowboat

Before the coming of railways in the 1820s, bulky goods were carried around Britain by barges on a network of canals. They still had a major role to play in sustaining the country's economy a century later, but film-makers have often tended to romanticise narrowboat life by making it seem like a quaint relict from a more innocent time when life was slower and people had more time for each other.

A case in point is John Baxter's Flood Tide (1934), which chronicles the friendship between skipper Bill Buckett (George Carney) and lock-keeper Ben Salter (Wilson Coleman). This charming drama can be rented from Cinema Paradiso on The 1930s Collection, along with Henry Edwards's The Lash (1934), Ivar Campbell's Big Ben Calling (1935) and Percy Marmont's The Captain's Table (1936), which follows the investigation into a murder on a transatlantic liner.

While it's not currently possible to enjoy Gordon Harker and Judy Gunn's pairing in Henry Edwards's take on W.W. Jacobs's stage hit, Beauty and the Barge (1937), Cinema Paradiso users can delight in the song-and-dance routines that were ingeniously staged on three-sail barge decks and quaysides by director Sonnie Hale for wife Jessie Matthews in Sailing Along (1938). Seeing the ever-vivacious star fall for the son of a barge master, this breezy musical can be found on The Jessie Matthews Revue: Volume 4, along with Victor Saville's 1933 version of J.B. Priestley's The Good Companions, which teams Matthews with future Oscar winners, John Gielgud and Edmund Gwenn.

The most treasured barge film of the decade, however, was made in Paris. Opening with a village wedding procession, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante (1934) squeezes into the confines of the Seine barge that skipper Jean Dasté shares with new wife Dita Parlo, cabin boy Louis Lefebvre and old hand Michel Simon and his cats. However, Parlo struggles to acclimatise and seeks adventure in the City of Light. This masterpiece of poetic realism is available from Cinema Paradiso on a disc that also contains À Propos de Nice (1930), Taris (1931) and Zero For Conduct (1933) and which would make a splendid double bill with Julien Temple's biopic, Vigo: Passion For Life (1998).

Back in Blighty, father and son boat builders Edward Rigby and Tom Gamble join the wartime river patrol in Oswald Mitchell's Sailors Don't Care (1940) and rumble two female spies and an enemy parachutist. Released by Renown, this Home Front comedy is accompanied by the same director's Jailbirds (1940), which stars Charles Hawtrey as a prisoner who escapes in drag and lands a job at a bakery.

A still from Painted Boats (1945)
A still from Painted Boats (1945)

The cost of the war on the traditional way of canal life is explored in Charles Crichton's Painted Boats (1945), which was filmed on the Grand Union Canal and is one of the lesser-known pictures produced by Ealing Studios. At the core is the rivalry between the Smith and Stoner families, as the latter purchase a motorised barge, while the former continue to rely on the four-hooved variety of horse power. The fate of each clans is thrown into doubt, however, when Ted Stoner (Robert Griffiths) is called up and has to put his romance with Mary Smith (Jenny Laird) on hold.

Director Charles Saunders clearly had a thing about narrowboats, as he set two films below their decks. Artist Bernard Braden and wife Barbara Kelly live on a barge at Cubitt's Yacht Basin in Love in Pawn (1953), while models June Thorburn and Maria Landi reluctantly move into a boat moored at the end of a Chelsea cul-de-sac in The Hornet's Nest (1955), after being evicting for cooking in their bedsit. However, bungling crook Charles Farrell has stashed the proceeds of a robbery on the craft that wheeler-dealer Paul Carpenter has also leased to a director for an explosive scene in his new movie.

A key witness is hidden away on a barge at Chiswick in John Gilling's Three Steps to the Gallows (1953), as Scott Brady jumps his cargo ship to try and find the evidence that will save his brother from the hangman's noose. But will nightclub singer Mary Castle prove a help or a hindrance in tracking down a gang of smugglers. The darker side of river life also surfaces in Anthony Young's Port of Escape (1956), as sailors John McCallum and Bill Kerr seek sanctuary in the barge home of journalist Googie Withers and her gal pals after a fight outside a Docklands pub accidentally culminates in a man's death.

Another Renown title, this minor noir is paired with Charles Saunders's Date With Disaster (1957), which centres on a garage robbery. Released the same year, Mario Zampi's The Naked Truth sets up scandal rag editor Dennis Price on a Thames barge, as he seeks to shakedown worthies like TV host Peter Sellers and insurance executive Terry-Thomas, who gang up against him and leave him all at sea. Goodness knows where he winds up, but we're off to the continent for Lewis Allen's Whirlpool (1959). This tense thriller boasts some spectacular scenery and stars French singing star Juliette Greco as a Rhineland barmaid who falls for bargee O.W. Fisher while travelling to Amsterdam in order to meet up with her abusive currency-smuggling lover, William Sylvester.

A still from The Bargee (1964)
A still from The Bargee (1964)

A houseboat on the River Isis provides the setting for the dramatic climax of Basil Dearden's The Mind Benders (1963), a disconcerting thriller about sensory deprivation that sees Dirk Bogarde subject himself to some punishing experiments in an Oxford water tank. A pregnancy also proves key to the action in Duncan Wood's The Bargee (1964), which was written for Harry H. Corbett by the Steptoe and Son (1962-74) duo of Alan Galton and Ray Simpson. The Grand Union Canal again provides the setting, as gadabout Hemel Pike (Corbett) looks set to be tied down after a tryst with lock-keeper's daughter, Christine Turnbull (Julia Foster).

A canal boat in Birmingham feels like a step backwards for financial whizz kid Cliff Richard in David Askey's Take Me High (1973), as he had been hoping for a promotion to New York. But he changes his mind when he vows to help Deborah Watling market her new 'Brum Burger'. Trustafarian Jennifer Ehle raises her child on a barge on the Regent's Canal when not singing in a Camden Town pub in David Kane's This Year's Love (1999). But Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton have a tougher task bringing up their son alongside drifter Ewan McGregor on a barge plying its trade between the Clyde and Forth estuaries in 1950s Scotland in David Mackenzie's uncompromising adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's novel, Young Adam (2003).

City trader Will Sharpe goes in search of sister Tiani Ghosh after she goes missing on a Regent's Canal narrowboat in Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley's The Darkest Universe (2016), while a certain bear from Darkest Peru charges around the towpath at Browning's Pool in Little Venice while riding on the back of a dog in pursuit of a book thief in Paul King's Paddington 2 (2017).

Having had to sell his house in order to pay for his wife's dementia care, Timothy Spall dreams of taking his narrowboat across the Channel to explore the canals of France in Richard Loncraine's Finding Your Feet. But, while he is keen to find a travelling companion, Oona Chaplin quickly comes to realise that three's a crowd after partner Natalia Tena invites best friend David Verdaguer to pay a visit from Barcelona to their London canal boat in Carlos Marques-Marcet's Anchor and Hope (both 2017).

Rupert Graves lives on a boat when not training with Rob Brydon and his teammates for the World Synchronised Swimming Championships in Oliver Parker's Swimming With Men, while Beattie Edmondson's adventures with a demanding pug dog culminate in a relaxing river ride in Mandie Fletcher's Patrick (both 2018). And concluding our drift along the UK canal network is first-timer Tupaq Felber's Tides (2017), a monochrome rite of passage that accompanies a group of friends on a short barge holiday that teaches them that it's more difficult to take a clear-eyed view of the future than it is to look back on the past through rose-tinted spectacles.

Speaking of holidays, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumalo go on a banana ride in Josh Greenbaum's Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021). But we're not sure there are sufficient similar examples to make up a stand-alone category. Does the banana split boat in Robert Rodriguez's The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) count? Maybe, we'd better just point you in the direction of Joseph Sargent's Jaws: The Revenge (1987), assure you that we've not forgotten about submarines and bid you bon voyage.

A still from Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
A still from Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
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