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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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The only realist film I've seen that I enjoyed. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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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Referenced in Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The only realist film I've seen that I enjoyed., 20 June 1999
Author: Orlok from Watertown, MA

This review is being written by a man who absolutely despises everything about realist style films. However, Flaherty's depiction of life on the Isle of Aran captivated me from start to finish. Filled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations, Flaherty would have been lying through his teeth to have called this a documentary (the man of Aran wasn't even from Aran). Man of Aran remains realist however in that, I believe, in that it only speaks to you if you hold a connection to the sort of life it depicts. Flaherty brings forth the essence of that life but will only hold your interest if you actually care how someone might farm in a soilless field of broken rock.

If that isn't your bag, you can still at least enjoy Flaherty's visuals. Waves pound against rocky cliffs sending spray a hundred feet high. It is quite a spectacle.

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