”Best Movie set in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales” A. Boxer saied. There are some. But these are islands in the Northern Sea and I think The Sea should have its fair share in it. That leads automatically to one film in which The Sea plays a leading role: Man of Aran (1934) (Ger., Eng.) by Robert J. FLAHERTY (Ger., Eng.), THE pioneer of the documentary film. Of course Man of Aran is no documentary. It depicts a life the islanders in the early 1930s already had put behind them, so the last shark hunt for lamp oil as it is seen in the film had taken place in the 1880s. But they were still very close to the life of their grandfathers. The film is impressive still today, sea and land in all its beauty come to their right. The public discussion about “documentary” films had already started long before Man of Aran came into cinemas, in fact in the 1920s.
The clip comes with new music by a band called British Sea Power, I have no clue about them. A documentary How the Myth was made (1978) by George STONEY is a useful addition.
For unknown reasons the embedded clip Is shown in a short version, just one minute and a bit. Click on it and go to youtube, it’s 4 minutes there and makes more sense.
I had difficulties with videos after updating the adobe flashplayer to the actual version 10. Videos started only the first time, any following video gave me sound only, no pictures.
I solved that problem by going to this site, where the user can choose to take part in the html5 trial. If I get it right, it means that the videoplayer is now in the coming html5 standard, no more flash. Not all browsers do work with this. I use the latest Iron, a Chromium without calling home.
If I use the aforementioned site, and click on the link down there I take part in the test trial. When I afterwards click on the youtube symbol in the clip shown below I come to a 4:19 min version of the clip that runs slower and ends with the boy climbing down the cliff and discovering something.
Does this work for You too? Please let me know if you try it.
Rumour has it that one boy, a certain Soren Knudsen, was that upset that he was not chosen as cast for the film that he decided to “show the world”. He sadly vanished summer 1940, there were stories about submarines.