|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.