Date Added: 09 December 2017
A ship in a bottle is actually built to survive the times. Not so when it becomes the "actor" in a film about the last days and years of the famous British-Irish writer Oscar Wilde. In the film "The Happy Price", the crashing appearance of one of these filigree works symbolizes the breaking of the ingenious writer at the bigot morale of his time and the break in his relationship with his older son Cyril. A Galeote or Galeotta is a small, slender galley with 16 to 20 oars on each side and light armament, developed in ancient antiquity, which was used until the beginning of the 19th century, for example in Venice. The destruction of the small work of art required a copy of exactly the same design as a reserve. The initially chosen shade of bright yellow, corresponding to the original, was darkened in order to blend in with the color scheme of Brian Morris's entire scenery. The originally radiant white sails made of spinnaker fabric were also slightly yellowed with tea at the request of the client. The insertion of the two slender ships made of thin laminated wood with their masts and yards made of particularly flexible ribs of palm leaves posed no great difficulty: in addition to the saved oars, the two two-masted boats also had to reduce the rigging for the sake of clarity. The two ships went on their first and last big journey: at the shooting location they arrived for their final appearance in front of the lens of cameraman John Conroy when Oscar Wilde's son Cyril brought the ship to the stony ground.