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Man of Aran (1934)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 November 1934 (Sweden)
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.

Director:

Robert J. Flaherty
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colman 'Tiger' King ... A Man of Aran
Maggie Dirrane Maggie Dirrane ... His Wife
Michael Dirrane Michael Dirrane ... Their Son
Pat Mullin Pat Mullin ... Shark Hunter
Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh ... Shark Hunter
Patcheen Faherty Patcheen Faherty ... Shark Hunter
Tommy O'Rourke Tommy O'Rourke ... Shark Hunter
'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West 'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West ... Canoeman
Stephen Dirrane Stephen Dirrane ... Canoeman
Pat McDonough Pat McDonough ... Canoeman
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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.

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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The only realist film I've seen that I enjoyed.
20 June 1999 | by OrlokSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1934 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Männer von Aran See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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