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Return to the Edge of the World (1978)

Essentially a rerelease of Michael Powell's 'The Edge of the World' (1937), but with color book-ends in which director and actors revisit the island of Foula forty years later and talk about their experiences.

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Essentially a rerelease of Michael Powell's 'The Edge of the World' (1937), but with color book-ends in which director and actors revisit the island of Foula forty years later and talk about their experiences.

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Return to Foulla
5 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Powell returns to the island of Fulla, in the Shetlands, the setting for his magnificent "The Edge of the World". Mr. Powell is accompanied by a few of the members of the original crew that lived in that remote part of the world in 1936, when the shooting took place. This is a documentary about how things looked forty-two years later.

Mr. Powell, who appeared as the tourist in the yacht, in the original film, has fond memories for those challenging days spent there. John Laurie, who played Peter Manson in the original film is also on hand to share his own memories of what appears was a magical time for all the people connected with the film.

Unfortunately, only six of the original inhabitants from 1936 were still around to tell us how they were all changed by the experience. Also appearing in the documentary is Grant Sutherland, who played the pastor in the film.

This is a melancholy trip to a world that had vanished, but that was etched in the memory of all of those who participated in Michael Powell's adventure.


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