Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1963. Two Arts Ltd.. Screenplay by Peter Brook, based on the novel by William Golding. Cinematography by Tom Hollyman. Produced by Lewis M. Allen, Ross Milloy. Music by Philippe Sarde. Production Design by Jamie Leonard. Costume Design by Doreen Watkinson. Film Editing by Harry Hook.
Those disappointed by the more recent version of William Golding’s novel should definitely get a look at this classic film by Peter Brook. It centres around the experiences of a group of British schoolboys who are marooned on a desert island after their plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. In their new little microcosm, we see how all the tribal patterns of humanity, the violence and thirst for power, take their toll on the boys as they create a vicious, primitive state of civilization. Brook’s direction brings out all the best subtleties that the novel had to offer, and the acting by all the youngsters is top-notch.
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition