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1h 13min
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Synopsis:
Explorer, filmmaker and visual anthropologist Robert J Flaherty's 1934 film Man of Aran stands up to be counted once again. Three years in the making, Flaherty's epic portrayal of life off the western coast of Ireland where families eked out a living from potatoes and shark oil is a brutal, beautiful and pioneering film that still challenges the boundaries of the documentary form.
Actors:
Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane, Pat Mullin, Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh, Patcheen Faherty, Tommy O'Rourke, 'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West, Stephen Dirrane, Pat McDonough
Directors:
Producers:
Michael Balcon
Writers:
Robert J. Flaherty
Others:
Robert J
Studio:
PARK CIRCUS
Genres:
Documentary
Awards:

1934 Venice Film Festival Best Foreign Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
14/03/2011
Run Time:
73 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Documentary - How The Myth Was Made (58 mins)
  • Short film - Return Of The Islander (22 mins)
  • Flaherty's short films: The English Potter (12 mins) and Industrial Britain (20 mins)
  • Outtakes discovered at the IFI Irish Film Archive (3 mins)
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (1) of Man of Aran

An Incredible and Beautiful Film - Man of Aran review by Cato

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21/12/2017

This amazing film seems to follow one day on this hard, unforgiving island, home to a small group of people who inhabit the barren but beautiful surroundings. Fishing is their main occupation, and boats their main form of getting about. Their lives were hard but they appeared content with what they caught in the ocean and what they managed to till from the sparsely productive land, The woman who appears in the main film is in the accompanying offering, shot in the 70's, 40 years older but still as pleasantly happy in her hard surroundings. There are also some very interesting films on the disc shot by Flaherty of work in the 1930's in mills, coal mines and potteries of industrial England.

A wonderful and powerful 1930's film.

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