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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Synopsis
Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themselves marooned on a deserted island. With no adults to supervise and guide them, the boys elect a leader in the shape of the upstanding and good-looking Ralph (James Aubrey). Things begin to take a more sinister turn when a breakaway group, lead by Jack, establishes itself. The bitter rivalry that develops between the two groups marks the stark distinction between civilisation and savagery. As their society crumbles the schoolboys find themselves plunged into ruthless violence and a battle to reassert the delicate democracy that had existed.Peter Brook’s fascinating, sinister and dramatic study of the breakdown of society, Lord of The Flies was adapted from William Golding’s eponymous novel. The film caused a sensation upon release in 1963 and was given an X certificate. Shot with a raw style, the film has a chilling air of realism and still retains the power to shock. In time the film has lost none of its power and effectiveness, particularly with Brook’s (The Mahabarata, King Lear) use of mainly untrained actors playing the schoolboys, which perfectly compliments Golding’s dark and atmospheric novel.

Extras include: commentary by director, producer, director of photography and cameraman / editor
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1963
Subjects
Anthropology; English language and literature
Keywords
child development; Golding, William

Credits

Director
Peter Brook
Writer
William Golding

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
92 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

British Lion Film Corporation

Distributor

 

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Name

Second Sight Films Ltd

Email
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Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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London
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Notes
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