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UK film school 1963 bw 90 min.
Director: Peter Brook
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1 disc, catalog # CC1337L

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The most daring and revered of modern theater directors, Peter Brook has never been constrained by the usual way of doing things. The Lord of the Flies stands apart from the orderly march of cinema history as a savage film, like Apocalypse Now, a product not of Hollywood but of the jungle. Brook and producer Lewis Allen joined Criterion in making a definitive audiovisual history of the production.

Schoolboys stranded on an island quickly become sadistic savages in this daring 1963 film, based on William Golding's famous novel. Produced on a shoestring budget of $250,000, this experimental production, a seminal work of independent filmmaking, used an inexperienced cast and crew to relive the frightening fable.

Criterion's special edition features:

  • Audio commentary by director Peter Brook and producer Lewis Allen
  • Excerpts from the novel, as read by author William Golding
  • The original 1963 and 1990 remake theatrical trailers
  • Excerpts from "The Empty Space," a documentary about Peter Brook
  • Production photos
  • Outtakes and deleted scenes from the original release

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