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:
0715515108218
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
12,637

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by Gerald Feil
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring director Peter Brook and more
  • Audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel Lord of the Flies
  • Deleted scene, with optional commentary and reading by Golding
  • Interview with Brook from 2008
  • Collection of behind-the-scenes material
  • New interview with Feil
  • Excerpt from Feil's 1972 documentary The Empty Space
  • Something Queer in the Warehouse, a piece composed of never-before-seen footage
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab#sthash.yxS7tILm.dpuf
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