05.28.15
Bonnie Siegler | Three Reasons

Lord of the Flies

Director Peter Brook said that all he needed to make Lord of the Flies was “kids, a camera, and a beach.” Rather than use a screenplay, he worked solely from the classic book by William Golding and improvised along the way with non-professional young actors. Brook was known as an experimental theater director and his approach was so raw that it almost feels like a documentary.



Many people haven’t seen Lord of the Flies since they were children, despite it receiving an X rating in Great Britain. If you fall into this category, you need to see it again because it’s a completely different experience as an adult. I’ve now seen it many times, and I still get frightened just watching this ninety-second trailer.

 

Watch it one dark night at the beach this summer and ponder the innate savagery of mankind.

 


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