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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.

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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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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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The play "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh is a fictionalized account of the making of this film. See more »

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another flaherty classic
27 December 2003 | by aptpupil79See all my reviews

both allmovie.com and imdb.com call this a documentary, but that's a bit iffy. it's real footage of real people, but the action is sorta directed and the people aren't portrayed as they are in real life - the three main characters are supposed to be related, but aren't really. it's more of a documentary than "kids," which is a feature film that is shot like a documentary and most of the actors weren't doing much acting - rather they were sort of just playing themselves. maybe it's a documentary like koyaanisqatsi (or man with a movie camera) is a documentary - things are distorted or shaped by the director, but it's still real life; tough to say. enough of that though, on to the review. the photography is much better in this film than it was in flaherty's first (nanook of the north, which i also own). the black and white images are much sharper and the cinematography is far more advanced. nanook of the north was sort of an accident film for flaherty - he was in northern canada on some sort of expedition and sort of fell into being a filmmaker. at any rate, this film is a definite step up (in a technical sense) from nanook of the north. he uses montage, at least a couple different cameras, and has gotten even better at editing, making this film truly good - especially for its time (1934). i mentioned a few reviews ago that 'triumph of the will' was hardly impressing, even when taking into account the year of release. here's a film that proves my point - it was released in the same year, it's also a documentary (mostly), and it's probably ten to eleven times better than 'triumph of the will.' B+.


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