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Lord of the Flies (1963) Movie Information

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Peter Brook


James Aubrey
Tom Chapin
Hugh Edwards
Roger Elwin
Tom Gaman
Roger Allan





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Based on the book by William Golding: a group of boys are left stranded on an island following a shipwreck. Alone, they must fend for themselves and soon factions develop, one a more civilized society, the other a group of hunters who are primal and savage leading to a bloody showdown. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan 12/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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According to sources, director Peter Brook filmed 60 hours of footage - none of it scripted for the most part - and then edited the material down to get this film. It is rough and shot in a documentary-style but it pretty much matches the feel of the book (where savagery quickly overtakes civilized behavior amongst a group of children that survive a plane crash). It's a risk to film it in this way, but it pays off.

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Snoogans 08/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Director Brook manages to convey most of the story's metaphor through distinct visuals. The cheap-budget, real wildlife setting, and entire cast of very young boys adds a raw and troubling nature that would normally be tough to convey in 60's censored cinema. The fact that it still resonates the same way today is a strong testament to the filmmaking.

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