A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery. Written by
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Although the religion of the choir is never specified in the book , the film implies that the boys belong to a Catholic or even a Protestant dogma (judging from their outfits and their British nationality). Surprisingly the boys are heard twice during the film to be chanting "Kyrie eleison" with a quite fluent pronunciation. This is a common hymn in Orthodox Church ceremonies. It stands for "Bless us Lord" in Ancient Greek. See more »
In at least one point in the movie (the scene at the beginning where Ralph is talking about the "rules") his voice is different; sounds like a completely different person (or perhaps by the time overdubbing was done, the actor's voice had changed). See more »
A film of classic cinematic imagery more relevant today
Peter Brook's rich film of Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is a stunning compilation of classic film imagery. Scenes surrealistic, beautiful and disturbing create a haunting atmosphere and a world of sights, sounds and ideas unlike any other
film. The choir marching on the beach in full dress singing that catchy "Kyrie Eleison", the first sight of Jack in his almost shocking warpaint, Piggy's comic- pathetic persona, the floating body of Simon in the ocean drifting off the screen as the sun-dappled water glistens, the look on Ralph's face at the very end of the film, his countenance stamped with fear, horror, relief and profound
sadness--all combine to form a mosaic of a classic contemporary fable. As the war in Vietnam was raging in the 60s and 70s, this film provided a distinct
commentary on the times. Seeing the film recently again, with its disturbing picture of irrational fear culminating in spectacular tragedy, "Lord of the Flies" seems almost more relevant today--and almost more tragic than before.
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