This visit to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Ocean shows that life for the residents has changed little in the years since Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers on HMS Bounty, ... See full summary »
This visit to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Ocean shows that life for the residents has changed little in the years since Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers on HMS Bounty, along with several Tahitian natives, landed here. The island is self-sufficient and has few visitors. Among the islanders we see at work is Fletcher Christian's great-grandson. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This over seventy year old short documentary isn't exactly a contemporary record of life on the isolated Pitcairn Island. Still it's an interesting view of how life evolved up to the middle of the 20th Century for the Bounty descendants.
Naturally we get to meet a whole lot of people named Christian, some named Quintal, some named McCoy names familiar to those who've read Nordhoff&Hall's novel and have seen more or more of the films about the most famous mutiny in history.
Though it's not recorded in any of the films dealing with the mutiny the mutineers were in fact all killed save one in quarrels with the natives over the native women. Only a fellow named John Adams of the mutineers was actually around when Pitcairn was rediscovered and re-charted by the geographers. I guess at that point it wasn't worth the effort for the Admiralty to open up that old can of worms again.
In 1935 life still looked pretty rugged, but the Pitcairners seem to have made a nice little society for themselves. It's still a forbidding landscape with no natural harbor. That and because it was not chartered right on the maps the Royal Navy was using at the time was the reason that Fletcher Christian chose the place as their new home.
Pitcairn Island Today remains a fine documentary and a nice coda to the MGM film that won for Best Picture of 1935
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