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Moby Dick

Released 1956
Distributor Warner Bros.

Although star Gregory Peck felt director John Huston should have played Ahab himself, Huston had hoped his father Walter Huston would live to take the role. This third film version of Melville’s classic is beautifully shot and produced, but Huston and writer Ray Bradbury had a rocky relationship, which Bradbury dramatized in his novel “Green Shadows, White Whale” and the short story “Banshee”.

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About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (starring TFH favorite Dick Miller), Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.