Man of Aran

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Robert Flaherty's landmark documentary about a fisherman battling the elements along the coast of Ireland gets a solid presentation on DVD. Man of Aran has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono. In addition to Man of Aran, this release includes several short bonus features on the making of the film. How The Myth Was Made explores Flaherty's willingness to bend the literal truth to boost the drama of the real-life story at hand....
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Robert Flaherty's landmark documentary about a fisherman battling the elements along the coast of Ireland gets a solid presentation on DVD. Man of Aran has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono. In addition to Man of Aran, this release includes several short bonus features on the making of the film. How The Myth Was Made explores Flaherty's willingness to bend the literal truth to boost the drama of the real-life story at hand. Hidden and Seeking explores the life and work of Frances Flaherty, Robert's wife and collaborator. Flaherty and Film features an interview with Frances Flaherty in which she shares her memories of the shooting of Man of Aran. Robert Flaherty himself talks about the film's long and troubled history in Looking Back. And finally, a gallery of production still and promotional photos is included, making this DVD not only a fine presentation of a legendary film, but an usually well detailed look at how the film came to be.
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Special Features

New digital transfer; How the Myth Was Made: a 60 min. documentary about the making of Man of Aran; Hidden and Seeking: a documentary excerpt featuring Frances Flaherty; Flaherty and Film: a filmed discussion of Man of Aran with Frances Flaherty; Looking Back: Robert J. Flaherty reflects on the making of Man of Aran; Outside the Frame: a gallery of rare photos and sketches
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Robert Flaherty spent three years on the Aran Islands shooting footage for a nonfiction film that didn't break 80 minutes, but the director didn't spend his time waiting for something dramatic to occur. In fact, several of Man of Aran's most memorable scenes were created for the cameras. A venture into stormy seas would not normally be attempted by experienced fishermen who respect the power of the ocean to overwhelm their modest boats, and hunting for gigantic basking sharks was something the islanders hadn't tried in years. Flaherty was more interested in capturing the physical details of a place than systematically recording the daily routines and concerns of his human subjects. That he was criticized during the depths of the Depression for not revealing the economic hardships of the Aran islanders wasn't surprising, but it misses the point of Flaherty's real interest: the eternal dialogue between man and nature. The film's collection of startling yet totally unforced imagery is testimony to the filmmaker's eye and passion, which are in turn the basis of his lofty reputation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 037429163924
  • Original Release: 1934
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colman "Tiger" King
Michael Dillane
Pat Mullin
Maggie Dirrane
Technical Credits
Robert Flaherty Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:08]
2. Waiting for Father [5:04]
3. The Cruel Sea [7:57]
4. Working the Land [6:11]
5. Searching for Soil [3:57]
6. Daily Chores [6:59]
7. The Silent Monster [5:33]
8. Harpooning the Beast [7:26]
9. The Struggle [4:03]
10. Victory [5:53]
11. "Go Home" [4:53]
12. Wind and Water [7:22]
13. The Wrath of Nature [8:56]
1. When Life Becomes Myth [5:53]
2. The Cast [17:35]
3. Relics [10:35]
4. The Flaherty Frame [9:29]
5. The Legacy Continues [14:51]
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   Special Features
      How the Myth Was Made
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         Scene Selection
      Looking Back
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      Flaherty and Film
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      Hidden and Seeking
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      Outside the Frame
         Gallery
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