Or is it just a tragic tale of a ship full of lonely and smelly men who secretly lust after the doomed and unobtainable pretty boy? It shines — or, rather, softly refocuses — a light on the power of one man over the multitudes. Billy, a merchant seaman forced to join the Royal Navy, lands on the warship Bellipotent in and instantly enters into an all-hands-on-deck bromance with his shipmates, except for John Claggart, the master at arms who resents and possibly lusts for Billy. When confronted by Claggart, in a moment of rage Billy lashes out and unintentionally kills him. Billy is court-martialed by a reluctant Captain Vere and sentenced to hang aboard the ship the next morning. We have this tale thanks to the Columbia professor Raymond M.
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The Chaplain coming to see him and finding him thus, and perceiving no sign that he was conscious of his presence, attentively regarded him for a space, then slipping aside, withdrew for the time, peradventure feeling that even he the minister of Christ, tho' receiving his stipend from Mars, had no consolation to proffer which could result in a peace transcending that which he beheld. But in the small hours he came again. And the prisoner, now awake to his surroundings, noticed his approach, and civilly, all but cheerfully, welcomed him. But it was to little purpose that in the interview following the good man sought to bring Billy Budd to some godly understanding that he must die, and at dawn.
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Billy Budd is a British historical drama - adventure film produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. The new crewman, Billy Budd Terence Stamp , is considered naive by his shipmates, and they attempt to indoctrinate him in their cynicism. But Budd's steadfast optimism is impenetrable, as when he is asked to critique the horrible stew the crew must eat, he offers "It's hot. And there's a lot of it.
Reflecting on his memories and past experiences aboard the battleship, HMS Indomitable, Captain Vere can't help but feel guilt about his actions regarding the case of young Billy Budd. As sailors wash the deck of the ship one early morning, the Novice accidentally stumbles into Officer Bosun. Bosun sentences the Novice to be lashed 20 times by Squeak, another officer on the ship. As Squeak escorts the Novice away, the cutter arrives with three new recruits for the English navy. The new sailors were actually taken from a nearby merchant ship, and two of the sailors look sick to be there.