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Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. Peter Brook s classic adaptation of William Golding s novel has lost none of the impact it made when given an X certificate on its 1963 release. Shot with a raw style, the film has a chilling air of realism and still retains the power to shock.
In this classic 1963 adaptation of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, a planeload of schoolboys are stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to govern themselves peacefully until they are rescued. "After all", says choir leader Jack, "We're English. We're the best in the world at everything!" Unfortunately, living peacefully is not as easy as it seems. Though Ralph is named chief, Jack and the choristers quickly form a clique of their own, using the ever-effective political promise of fun rather than responsibility to draw converts. Director Peter Brook draws some excellent performances out of his young cast: the moment when Ralph realises that even if he blows the conch for a meeting people might not come is an excruciating one. Well acted and faithfully executed, Lord of the Flies is as compelling today as when first released. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Written at a time of post war, Golding understood the implications of future wars. A group of boys, spanning all the ages, from the littleuns to the biguns, are set to survive on a paradise island. There is a large supply of fruit, clean water and the weather suited them perfectly. An evil battle for leadership turns into a battle for survival. Simon realises the truth and is unable to share it with the ignorant tribes. The reality figure is destroyed by the savages and all have to come to terms with there changing way of life. Beauty, Tension, Fear and Death are portrayed by Golding. The Lord of the Flies ~ a horrific and beautiful story, true in every way.
This is one of those rarest of rare birds: a film that is totally faithful to the novel upon which it is based.
During his lifetime, William Golding was ever protective of his greatest creation. When it came to making a film of 'Lord of the Flies' some of the greatest screen writers and playwrights of the day had a go at producing a script for it - all of them being turned down by Golding himself. Finally, it was decided to attempt the film as a sort of Drama Workshop. Thus it was that 30+ boys, plus director Peter Brook, a film crew and the regulation chaperones found themselves living in a bunk house, which had been an old canning factory, on the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico, with little more than copies of the novel and an outline of the idea and the limitation of the school holidays in which to make the film.
The result defies belief. This is a masterpiece of Youth Drama, years ahead of its time. Even today, 40 years on, it is still staggering in its truth and clarity. The powerful imagery, chilling in its simplicity, far transcends anything which could be achieved with present day digital trickery. Not for this film the obvious blood and guts of action horror; here we have the most unspeakable acts made far more terrifying by their very understatement. (Simon's death must be one of the foulest acts ever filmed - but then, in reality, it was not - it is all in the imagination of the viewer and becomes far more terrible than any actual depction of the act of ritualistic murder could ever be!).
When the great day of reckoning comes, this film will stand head and shoulders above all other film adaptations of novels.
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The original and "haunting" version of a blood curdling tale of human evolution....Published 2 months ago by David M
Amazing to see how much child acting has come on in 50 years.Published 2 months ago by Paul Probets
Peter Brook’s 1963 film adaptation of William Golding’s masterpiece (and, I’ll admit up front, one of my favourite 5 novels of all time) is an evocative realisation, remaining... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith M
Amazing, thought provoking and shockingly as good as when first watched! My teen was riveted and caused a lot of discussion after it.Recommend :)Published 2 months ago by A. Hendry