Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive!

Vol. VI No. 1 January 1997

Free "Moby Dick" Movie at Science Center January 30

The Cetacean Society International is sponsoring a free, public showing of the classic 1956 movie "Moby Dick," starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, on Thursday evening, January 30, 1997, in the Planetarium at the Science Center of Connecticut, 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT.

The film showing will begin at 7:30 P.M., and the same evening, following the movie, the Society will hold its Annual Business Meeting, also at the Science Center, for the election of 1997 officers and board members. (Please see list of nominees elsewhere in this issue.)

Based on one of the greatest sea novels of all time, Herman Melville's 19th century epic of the Great White Whale, the movie of "Moby Dick" was directed by John Huston. Made over 40 years ago, the film contains authentic scenes of old-time whaling and tremendous special effects.

Gregory Peck gives an outstanding performance as the mad whaling captain, Ahab, obsessed with hunting down the giant, white, sperm whale which had taken off his leg. Also featured in the suspenseful, 2-hour film are Richard Basehart as Ishmael, Leo Genn, and Orson Welles.

The 60-foot rubber model of a whale used in making the movie on location off the coast of Ireland provides a dramatic contrast to the life-size, ferrocement sperm whale model constructed 20 years ago by CSI volunteers outside the Science Center in West Hartford.

Melville made "Moby Dick" the embodiment of malevolence, whereas Connecticut's "CONNY" was built to serve as a symbol of beneficence.

When Gregory Peck made a personal appearance at the Bushnell Memorial in Hartford last May, CSI representatives Robbins and Meg Barstow, and Don Sineti, presented the 80-year-old actor with a "Cetacean Citation," backstage after the show. The CSI citation stated that it was given to Peck "in grateful recognition of your consciousness-raising portrayal of mad captain Ahab in 'Moby Dick' and your long-time active support for the global whale conservation movement."

CSI hopes that its free, public showing of "Moby Dick" on January 30 will help to reawaken public consciousness about the renewed dangers faced by whales around the world today.

The Science Center, having refurbished and rededicated "CONNY" last year, provides a highly appropriate venue for viewing this classic movie now.

CSI appreciates the Center's support for this exciting educational and entertainment venture. All CSI members in the area are urged to alert and bring their friends and not miss this extra special event!

Go to next article: CSI Annual Membership Meeting January 30 or: Table of Contents.

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