Saturday, August 27, 2016

Man of Aran

Man of Aran is a 1934 British fictional documentary (ethnofiction) film directed by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland.
It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps.
Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale.
Additionally, the family members shown are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders for their photogenic qualities.
The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh is a play set on the Aran Islands at the time of the filming of Man of Aran.
The film won the Mussolini Cup for best foreign film at the 2nd Venice International Film Festival

Aran islands on the West coast of Ireland with the GeoGarage platform (UKHO chart)

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