Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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Director: Peter Brook

Cast: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards

     
 

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Peter Brooks' big-screen adaptation of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies adheres closely to the source material. After a plane accident, 30 school-age boys find themselves stranded on an island. The boys decide that the disciplined Ralph (James Aubrey) will be their leader. Jack (Tom Chapin) heads up a group who will hunt and butcher the localSee more details below

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Overview

Peter Brooks' big-screen adaptation of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies adheres closely to the source material. After a plane accident, 30 school-age boys find themselves stranded on an island. The boys decide that the disciplined Ralph (James Aubrey) will be their leader. Jack (Tom Chapin) heads up a group who will hunt and butcher the local population of pigs for food. Also on the island is the mature, intelligent Piggy (Hugh Edwards). Eventually Ralph and Jack become the center of a war for leadership on the island. The story was filmed with less success in 1990.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Director Peter Brooks' depiction of William Golding's novel is appropriately dark and dreary; he is able to attain the perfect balance of innocence and hedonism needed to bring this adventure/morality tale to life. The children are played primarily by non-actors, giving the film a much-needed natural feel. Some might view the lack of budget and amateurish acting as a flaw, but when compared to Harry Hook's more polished, higher-budgeted 1990 adaptation, it is clear Brooks' version is truer to the source material. The images Brooks puts forth in his film are as shocking and startling as they were in the novel, in part due to the naiveté of the actors. Piggy's Hugh Edwards physical appearance is just as Golding described him, as is Ralph James Aubry. Creating an accurate film adaptation of a well received novel is no easy task, but Brooks has done a wonderful job of visualizing this classic novel.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
UPC:
0715515108317
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
242

Special Features

Disc One - Audio commentary featuring Director Peter Brook, Producer Lewis Allen, Director of Photography Tom Hollyman, and Feil; Audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel Lord of the Flies, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film; ; Deleted scene, with optional commentary and Golding reading; Interview with Brook from 2008; Collection of behind-the-scenes material, including home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills; ; Disc Two; Excerpt from a 1980 episode of The South Bank Show featuring Golding; New interview with Feil; Excerpt from Feil's 1975 documentary The Empty Space, showcasing Brook's theater methods; Living "Lord of the Flies," a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by actor Tom Gamam

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lord of the Flies
1. Opening Credits [4:21]
2. The Conch [11:30]
3. Building The Fire [8:25]
4. Huts And Lizards [2:11]
5. "We Need Meat!" [7:25]
6. "Things Are Beginning To Break Up" [7:59]
7. The Beast [6:50]
8. Faces In The Dark [6:23]
9. Lord Of The Flies [6:39]
10. "Kill The Beast!" [8:07]
11. The Only Ones Left [6:14]
12. Piggy And Castle Rock [5:50]
13. Paradise Lost [8:39]
1. Color Bars
1. Backstory [4:21]
2. Casting and the "British" Element [11:30]
3. The Documentary Feel [8:25]
4. Continuity [2:11]
5. Ralph's Broken Leg [7:25]
6. The Story Takes Shape [7:59]
7. Marines And Piggy's Tale [6:50]
8. Day For Night [6:23]
9. Cast Into Crew [6:39]
10. Frenzy In The Fire [8:07]
11. Editing [6:14]
12. "Not An Underground Film" [5:50]
13. A Parable [8:39]
1. Color Bars
1. Golding's Introduction [4:21]
2. "The Sound Of The Shell" [11:30]
3. "Fire On The Mountain" [8:25]
4. "Huts On The Beach" [2:11]
5. "Painted Faces And Long Hair" [7:25]
6. "Beast From Water" [7:59]
7. "Beast From Air" [6:50]
8. "Shadows And Tall Trees" [6:23]
9. "Gift For The Darkness" [6:39]
10. "A View To A Death" [8:07]
11. "The Shell and the Glasses" [6:14]
12. "Castle Rock" [5:50]
13. "Cry Of The Hunters" [8:39]
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