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 Acting with No Co-actors,No Dialogues (except for some self talking)

Robert Redford

Lesson:24

Can you imagine only one character in a whole movie? And also except for some self talking, there are no dialogues in this movie.Yes, Robert Redford played the role of his life time in the movie “All is Lost”. Throughout the movie, you can find Redford showing all the nine emotions, love, anger, disgust, fear, sadness, joy, peace, wonder and courage.

Somewhere in the Indian Ocean ("1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits"), we see an abstract image of an object floating in water. Our Man (Robert Redford) narrates:

"13th of July, 4:50 p.m. I'm sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn't." And I know you knew this, in each of your ways. And I am sorry. All is lost here, except for soul and body, that is what's left of it, and a half day's ration. It's inexcusable, I know that now. How it could have taken this long to admit that, I'm not sure, but it did. I fought to the end. I'm not sure what that is worth, but know that I did. I've always hoped for more for you all. I will miss you. I'm sorry."

The film cuts to eight days earlier..

DAY1

As Robert Redford wakes up to find his sailboat, the Virginia Jean, a Cal 39, taking on water. He goes out on deck to see the boat has hit a detached shipping container filled with sneakers, leaving a yard-long hole in his high starboard side. He goes below to get a sea anchor and ties it to the container. The anchor pulls the container free from the sailboat. He steers the boat back to the side of the container and jumps onto the container to go retrieve his sea anchor. He then steers his boat away from the container for good.He finds that the electronics on the boat do not work.That night he sleeps in a hammock, above the water remaining in the boat.

DAY2

The next day he continues patching the hole in the side of the boat and pumping more water. It's slow, exhausting work. He pulls out the radio equipment and pours bottled water on the interior of the devices to remove conductive sea salt from them. He sets them out to dry on deck.

DAY3

The next day, he's able to complete cleaning the cabin with a sponge and mop. His fiber glass patch seems tentative, but at least keeps water out. He drags one of the boat's service batteries on deck and hooks it to his radio. The radio does not work. He consults his navigation charts. He goes below and as he's looking through a book on celestial navigation, he hears someone speaking on the radio. He hurries back up on deck and makes an SOS call. It doesn't appear to work before the radio goes dead.

DAY4

The next day he hoists himself high up the mast in a, and discovers a disconnected antenna lead. He reattaches the lead but, while at the top of the mast, sees an oncoming tropical storm. He immediately descends to make preparations for it. When the storm arrives, he runs before the wind under bare poles for a while, until he determines that approach is too tiresome and dangerous. He returns below deck to put on a rain suit. Suddenly, a large wave hits him and he is thrown overboard. He manages to hang on and pull himself back on board, returning to the cabin where he vomits sea water and briefly collapses.The boat starts to list heavily, then capsizes, rolling completely over. The main mast has snapped and most of the equipment on board is destroyed.

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