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Lord of the Flies is famed theater director Peter Brook's daring translation of William Golding's brilliant novel. The story of 30 English schoolboys stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the "next" war, Lord of the Flies is a seminal film of the New American Cinema and a fascinating anti-Hollywood experiment in location filmmaking. As the cast relived Golding's frightening fable, Brook found the cinematic "evidence" of the author's terrifying thesis: there is a beast in us all.
In this classic 1963 adaptation of William Golding's novel, a planeload of schoolboys is stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to peacefully govern themselves until they're 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 realizes 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.
Great movie. Good audio quality. Extras come on the dvd. If you're wanting to show it in class, apart from the violence, you'll have to be cognizant of the nude boys' rears. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E.G
While it is not possible to transliterate a novel into film, this film comes as close as possible. All secondary teachers should have a copy of this film and use it in grade ten... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Horace Raschpiggi
Teachers, students, this version captures as best it can the rawness of the action. The black-and-white format contributes to the stark reality of man's descent into Hell. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2013 by Laurence F. Funnell
I saw this movie when I was a kid and it makes you think what would you do if you were stuck on an island and find out that no leadership causes extreme problems. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2013 by Geoff Martin
I've seen this video more then 30 times since it came out. It is an excellent adaption of the book. Lord of the Flies (Full Screen)Published on Jan. 28 2010 by Wayne J. Stirling
i loved this movie, including the book. But the dvd costs alot but oh well.Published on Nov. 23 2006 by Joanna
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This film, based on William Godling's novel, is a film that many will find disturbing. Read more
Some books should not be attempted as movies, this clearly is one of them. If you just watch the film instead of reading Golding's story, you'll be missing out on much of the... Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Simon