Monday, April 30, 2018

Lord of the Flies (1963)

Lord of the Flies, the classic 1963 British film adaptation of the 1954 novel by William Golding [1911–1993] and directed by Peter Brook. Golding was a schoolteacher when the book was published; no doubt, his experience with unruly boys gave him much material to draw from and to write this cautionary tale/fable. Penguin Books writes: “When a plane crashes on a remote island, a group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. As the reality of their situation sets in, the boys attempt to establish control and their world gradually descends into brutal savagery.” This was required reading in school in my day (I think it was in Grade 10); and, later, I watched it on TV. This is a horror to watch, and yet it is both necessary and revealing, telling us about something deep in human nature, in the human psyche, in human consciousness, which is why some people can willingly and easily act out their worst most horrific and brutal fantasies, particularly in the absence of legal and moral laws that underpin our civilization. Freedom has too many different shades of meanings today, including for some the “freedom” to act badly, sadistically. The 20th century started off badly with two world wars, and with most of the century in crisis. Is the beginning of the 21st faring any better? For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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