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In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.

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Colman 'Tiger' King ...
A Man of Aran
Maggie Dirrane ...
His Wife
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Pat Mullin ...
Shark Hunter
Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh ...
Shark Hunter
Patcheen Faherty ...
Shark Hunter
Tommy O'Rourke ...
Shark Hunter
'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West ...
Canoeman
Stephen Dirrane ...
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In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.

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25 April 1934 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Männer von Aran  »

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The islanders hunt a basking shark for its oil, but they hadn't done so in generations. The filmmakers had to bring an Inuit hunter to show them how to do it as their ancestors might have. See more »

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People working through incredible hardship
18 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another movie by a master movie maker.

His documentaries make one feel the hardship his subjects undergo, whether real or not.

A must see along with Nanook.

The visuals are stunning as is the empathy of the director for his subjects.

Would there be a documentary director like him today -- except for Frederick Wiseman whom I am sure was inspired by Flaherty's movies such as Nanook (a picture of a long lost world) and Man of Aran.

I wonder if people are still farming Aran or if they have all left for the big city.

There are other documentaries by the BBC -- See South Georgia Island or the re-creations of Shackleton's unsuccessful trip to the South Pole and you will feel as well as ache along with them.

A true pioneer when making films was difficult at best, impossible at worst. But Flaherty make the impossible real and captured a world that no longer exists.


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