Lord of the Flies


Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 7 10 15034


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Reviewed by emilywes56 8 / 10

The absolute story of human psyche

After reading the book and watching the 1990 version of Lord of the Flies, I watched at last the original first black and white version of the film Lord of the Flies. The story interested me from the beginning, I thought it was fascinating and scary. This film has good pace, some wonderful black and white frames and it follows strictly the line of the book. The basic principle of civilization is being destroyed when an airplane crashes in a remote island and when the children in it take total control of their existence and survival. This film is a character study, which with clever details it helps us understand the different psychological situations of every child's mind. For example, we see Piggy wears his clothes until the end of the film, until the minute he dies. He is one of the most peaceful and logical characters in the island, and also he never becomes violent or savage. We see also, kids which are naked or painted in the face and body, signs of a more rapid evolution in disorder and disobedience.

Reviewed by a_chinn 9 / 10

Excellent adaptation of classic novel

"Sucks to your asthma!" Fine adaptation of William Golding's classic novel. I'll forego summarizing the story since anyone who ever went to high school has read the book. I hadn't seen this film in years and was quite taken with how naturalistic it felt. It had almost a documentary feel to it. I was also taken with how little dialogue there was and how much of the story was able to be told visually (an albatross around the neck of most literary adaptations), which is why director Peter Brook's adaptation remains the best film version of this novel. The boys in the film seem very real and all seem to genuinely enjoy their time on the jungle playing with spears, making fire, and hunting. With the exception of the boy who plays Ralph, none of the boys went on to make any other films, which leads me to think that to a degree they really were just a bunch of kids in the jungle going feral. The central conflict between Jack and Ralph is portrayed well by both actors, who are sincere in making their cases for civilization vs. going savage, but I think the boy who played Piggy is the most memorable. He carries himself like a little adult, out of place and clearly seeing the reality of their situation; that he's out numbered, without any influence, and is at the mercy of the mob. This film works both on a subtextual level about human nature in terms of civilization vs. savagery, but it also works as a simple surface level adventure story. Overall, this is fabulous filmmaking and is a must see.

Reviewed by dpaterson-2 1 / 10

This review counters the generally-accepted view that Golding and Brook produced some powerful insightful creative vision with Lord of the Rings.

Fifty some years later, this Golding film is a reminder of the bankruptcy of England's understanding of itself. As one of the 3-4 greatest colonial countries of post-Middle Ages Europe, we would think the genocidal policies of Europe in various "new worlds" would have caused educated, intelligent people to ask questions about that history. Here we have an England that slaughtered and conquered and enslaved Africans and inflicted incalculable damage on Caribbeans, North American indigenous, Australian indigenous, and Asian cultures. But in this film book of 1954 and film of 1963, neither Golding nor Brook can see the way clear to including a single child of color. Why? Because apparently the issue of genocide and centuries of terror is a matter for white folk to decide.

The Golding story is a British bourgeois wet dream of the failure to "civilize" the savage world, enacted of course by all white historical actors.

To be precise here, Golding imagines here and in other works that there lurks in the uncivilized a murderous savagery that can only be corralled by western civilization. Regrettably, western civ has been too weak, too uncertain, and too incompetent to truly finish the world-caging task.

Had Golding, and Brook, read something besides British self-congratulatory histories and seen something besides white "civilizing" westerns, they might have noticed that the true savagery of the last 600 years, or even last 2500 if we want to be a little comprehensive, originated in Europe. Always. And then Europe proceeded to genocide the world, only to find in 1930 the chickens had come home to roost. That the evil inherent in European supremacist values and social structures had faced off in Europe's very viscera. It refined its millennia of fascist practice and proceeded to genocide itself.

That history, that euro-characteristic of supremacy -- supremacy of religion, of color, of culture, of gender, of values -- was the cause of it's even as yet unrestored, unreparationed evil. The very conception of The Lord of the Flies is a confident moralizing that at least a couple of white euro-men know the secret of evil. When, at least in 1954 and 1963, they hadn't the vaguest clue about their origins, but were in fact, stranded boys wandering in the arts, perpetuating the mythologies that wove back at least to "renaissance" Europe, or to fascist Rome, or to hypocritically un-"democratic" Greece, and indeed to the whole notion of "civilization" itself.

It would have been instructive if Goldling and Brook had at some time tried to research the deep history of human tribes, how we lived for 40,000 years before the urbanization, which we call civilization, began. It was certainly the rulers and thinkers and "artists" and armies of "civilization" that destroyed tribes where ever they went. Perhaps, had they listened, they might have learned something about what it means to be a be a human being on this planet.

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