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Man of Aran


4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Robert J. Flaherty’s award-winning Man of Aran uses stunning location photography and brilliant montage editing to build a forceful drama of life on the Aran Islands. Situated among the frequent and violent storms that slam into its barren landscape, the islands are "three wastes of rock" off the western coast of Ireland. With a small crew, Flaherty spent nearly two years shooting, developing, and assembling footage of the islanders’ Herculean efforts to survive in unbearably harsh conditions. Home Vision Entertainment is proud to present this historic masterpiece in a new digital transfer.


While it stretches the definition of documentary, Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran remains a triumph of poetic imagery, and one of the greatest nonfiction films ever made. Critic Pauline Kael hailed it as "the greatest film tribute to man's struggle against hostile nature," referring to conditions faced by bold residents of the Aran Islands, 30 miles offshore from Galway, Ireland, amidst the harshest seas of the Atlantic. Flaherty and his tiny crew spent over two years on the islands, chronicling the rugged lives of the Araners on a landscape so rocky that seaweed is used as improvised soil. Flaherty cast the film with assorted locals and recreated anachronistic events (such as the harpooning of a basking shark) from Aran's past, inviting controversy over the film's authenticity. That debate continues on this DVD's exceptional bonus features (for retrospective insight, "How the Myth Was Made" is every bit as good as Flaherty's film), but Man of Aran is, and always will be, a timeless record of extraordinary people, miraculously surviving in a most extraordinary place. --Jeff Shannon

Special features

  • How the Myth was Made: A Documentary about the making of Man of Aran
  • Hidden and Seeking: A documentary excerpt in which Frances Flaherty reflects on her life and work with Robert Flaherty
  • Flaherty and Film:: A filmed discussion between Frances Flaherty and Robert Gardner about the making of Man of Aran
  • Looking Back: Robert Flaherty reflects on the two and a half years of production on the Aran isles in this film excerpt
  • Outside the Frame: A gallery of production stills, sketches and publicity photos

Product details

  • Actors: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane, Pat Mullin, Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh
  • Directors: Robert J. Flaherty
  • Writers: Robert J. Flaherty
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00008UALI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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