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25 April 1934 (UK) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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Colman 'Tiger' King ... A Man of Aran
Maggie Dirrane ... His Wife
Michael Dirrane ... Their Son
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 ... Canoeman
Pat McDonough ... Canoeman

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Writing credits
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Robert J. Flaherty 

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Film Editing by
John Monck  (as John Goldman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Mullin of Aran .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Slim Hand .... sound recordist (as H. Hand)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Leighton Lucas .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frances H. Flaherty .... collaborator
John Taylor .... field laboratory
Harry Watt .... laboratory assistant (uncredited)
 

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USA:76 min
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UK:E (DVD rating)

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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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Featured in Stützen der Gesellschaft (1935)See more »

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hard life on an Irish island, 1 September 2011
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Robert Flaherty, known as the Father of the Documentary, made his directorial debut with this look at life on the island of Aran, off the coast of Ireland. The people on the island spend their days digging through the rocks to get soil to grow crops, and also hunting basking sharks. Every step of the way it looks like a tough existence, but the inhabitants do what they can to survive.

It's an impressive documentary in every sense. A number of the scenes look as if they must have been hard to film, especially when the boy climbs down the cliff. But they accomplished it. I definitely recommend "Man of Aran".

The DVD includes an interview with Flaherty's widow Frances years after they made "Man of Aran". She comments on the construction of a nuclear plant not far from her house in Vermont, and worries about how safe nuclear plants are (in fact, this was a few years before Three Mile Island; since then of course, we've had Chernobyl and Fukushima).

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