Dedicated to classics and hits.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lord of the Flies (film)(1963) d. Peter Brook

James Aubrey as Ralph, and Hugh Edwards as Piggy.

Lord of the Flies (film)(1963)
 d. Peter Brook
Criterion Collection #43

 Lord of the Flies by William Golding is one of the few books I've continuously possessed since high school. I'm fairly certain that the copy I have actually is the copy I read in my freshman English class.  The book was published in 1954.  According to Wikipedia, Lord of the Flies was not a great success initially "selling less then 3000 copies in the US before going out of print...but later became a best seller." (WIKIPEDIA)

Lord of the Flies (film) 1963

     Certainly it continues to be required reading across the globe today, and has inspired multiple filmed adaptations. (and influenced countless artists and cultural products.)   Criterial Collection #43 is the 1963 adaption by English theater director Peter Brook.   Brook was well known for his explorations on the experimental fringe of theater, and he carries a radical sensibility into the film of Lord of the Flies.  Shot largely in verite/documentary style, Brook successfully translates the book into his cinematic vision with a minimum of ostentation and fuss.  It's actually kind of the opposite of what you'd expect from an avant-garde theater director, but it reflects well on Brook in addition to serving the excellent source material.

No comments:

Blog Archive