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Directed by: Peter Brook

Produced: 1963

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: PG

Studio: Second Sight

Length: 87 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 23 July 2007

Cat No: 2NDVD3121

Languages(s): English
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Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Cast: James Aubrey , James Chapin , Hugh Edwards , Nicholas Hammond , Peter Davy , Roger Allen , Tom Chapin , Roger Elwin , Tom Gaman , Alan Heaps , Andrew Horne

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Peter Brook directs this adaptation of William Golding’s novel. When a group of young schoolboys are stranded on a Pacific island following a plane crash, they initially regard it as a grand adventure. However, after splitting into two rival groups, the children gradually descend into tribal warfare.

Rejecting Rousseau's notion of man at one with nature, the film suggests that society is, at best, a flimsy set of rules, which will be rejected, or replaced with something darker, when the savagery of nature threatens.

William Golding's novel is one of the great glories of English literature: a cold-eyed, utterly compelling picture of the savagery that lurks beneath the surface of our civilised manners, as seen via a descent into barbarism by a group of marooned English schoolboys. At the time, few felt that Peter Brooks’ film would do justice to the novel, but the nay-sayers were proved absolutely wrong. The film’s impact was immediate, and it remains a riveting experience in this exemplary new DVD edition.

Peter Brooks' 1963 adaptation of William Golding's classic debut novel, Lord of the Flies, is still, quite rightly, regarded as the definitive take on the novel. Opening with a title sequence that seeks to place the familiar story of the children shipwrecked upon a tropical island within a context of global conflict, Brooks goes on to play it relatively straight, adapting the book pretty much key scene for key scene. His great skill, then, comes in making a story that is probably familiar to everyone watching immediate, compelling and visually arresting. The fresh-faced children help (most of the boys had not appeared in a film before and with the exception of perhaps only James Aubrey, most would never appear in anything again) as do cinematographers Gerald Feil and Tom Hollyman who, similarly, had not worked on a film prior to Lord of the Flies and learned their stock in trade as they went along. All told, Lord of the Flies has stood the test of time well and stands head and shoulders above the inferior 1990 remake.

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