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MAN OF ARAN (Die Männer von Aran) (1934)

Robert J. Flaherty, Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane
$9.99


Man of Aran is a documentary on life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters who live in pre-modern conditions and their hardships; documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to win their liver oil for lamps. Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale. Additionally, the family members shown are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders for their photogenic qualities. The film is impressive, however, for its drama, for its spectacular cinematography of landscape and seascape, and for its concise editing.

The UK rock band British Sea Power was asked to record a new soundtrack for the film's 2009 DVD release, performing the score at a series of live events in the UK including one accompanying the film itself at the British Film Institute. HOWEVER, THIS VERSION IS NOT THE RE-RELEASE AND HAS THE ORIGINAL SCORE.

DVD-R is in English and Gaelic. Approx. 76 minutes.  Very good quality

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