Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Selected by the Sound Branch. Introduction by sound designer Richard King.

Selected by the Sound Branch. 
Writer-director Peter Weir adapted two novels from the popular series of books by Patrick O’Brian, about 19th century Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his ship’s surgeon and best friend Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). With its mixture of old-fashioned movie excitement and state-of-the-art filmmaking craft, Master and Commander is a richly satisfying adventure of the kind cinema does best. Richard King won the first of his four Oscars (to date) for his Sound Editing, incorporating authentic sounds from a variety of ships, and the film received 10 nominations, also winning for Russell Boyd’s cinematography. 

DIRECTED BY: Peter Weir. WRITTEN BY: Peter Weir, John Collee. WITH: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall. 2003. 138 min. USA. Color. Scope. English. Rated PG-13. 35mm. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

This program is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

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