Sunday, January 16, 2011

1937 - THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, Michael Powell's film of life on an island

The end of a small community on a remote Scottish island as documented by Michael Powell in his first important film.  

The story is actually a pretty simple one, the young men are leaving the island frustrated by their inability to make a living on the island.  Slowly the people left on the island realize their way of life is no longer sustainable.  All this is filmed against some very impressive scenery. 

Powell's strong feeling for this remote and rugged island comes through in just about every scene.  Some of his compositions are as good as anything Robert Flaherty achieved with Man of Aran.  Filming Edge of the World must have been very challenging back in 1937.  

A very good film.

81 minutes.

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