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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:

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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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Featured in The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) See more »

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hard life on an Irish island
1 September 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Robert Flaherty, known as the Father of the Documentary, made his directorial debut with this look at life on the island of Aran, off the coast of Ireland. The people on the island spend their days digging through the rocks to get soil to grow crops, and also hunting basking sharks. Every step of the way it looks like a tough existence, but the inhabitants do what they can to survive.

It's an impressive documentary in every sense. A number of the scenes look as if they must have been hard to film, especially when the boy climbs down the cliff. But they accomplished it. I definitely recommend "Man of Aran".

The DVD includes an interview with Flaherty's widow Frances years after they made "Man of Aran". She comments on the construction of a nuclear plant not far from her house in Vermont, and worries about how safe nuclear plants are (in fact, this was a few years before Three Mile Island; since then of course, we've had Chernobyl and Fukushima).


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