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Good adaptation of a great book
Lord Of The Flies (DVD)
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Lord Of The Flies (DVD)
Advantages: Excellent story
Adapted from that classic of British Literature, this is a seminal book and a pretty good film too, covering childhood, the British class system and how people adapt to new surroundings.
This film is far superior to the 1990 remake and the screenplay was written by the director Peter Brook.
The basic premise of the film is that a plane full of English schoolboys crashlands on a desert island having tried to escape some unnamed catastophe. The boys are left to their own devices without adults on the island and prove to have fortitude and spirit in creating a community, housing and a governing body, however primal urges begin to take control and democracy is overpowered by primitive urges as power struggles ensue and the smarter boys are beaten and killed by the tougher boys creating a dog eat dog society reverting to its most primal urges.
James Aubrey ... Ralph
Tom Chapin ... Jack
Hugh Edwards ... Piggy
Roger Elwin ... Roger
Tom Gaman ... Simon
Roger Allan ... Piers
David Brunjes ... Donald
Peter Davy ... Peter
Kent Fletcher ... Percival Wemys Madison
Nicholas Hammond ... Robert
Christopher Harris ... Bill
Alan Heaps ... Neville
Jonathan Heaps ... Howard
Burnes Hollyman ... Douglas
Andrew Horne ... Matthew
This film is awesome, it is shot with great cinematography and drama, the acting from the young men is brilliant and totally captures the British spirit as these boys take up positions beyond their wisdom to the best of their ability, but boys being boys the instinct to have fun, explore and have more fun takes control, the clash between authority and natural instincts is enthralling and the finale is sad and very honest, this film is a great metaphor for society as a whole as it uses children, something we have all been and can relate to, the people who have had least experience to use in stressful situations to explore how people would react to being stranded and having to cope on their own, the film starts on a positive note and gradually descends into terrifying chaos which is captured perfectly by the Director and cast.
Overall this is a well made adaptation of a classic book, it captures the feelings of back biting, childishness and fear perfectly and develops the story to a natural conclusion.
The DVD is available for £12.88 on Amazon and is a really thoughtful film which is far superior to the more recent remake.
Summary: Good adaptation of a great book