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231 Ratings

Man of Aran

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
United States, 1934
Drama, Documentary


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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Man of Aran Directed by Robert J. Flaherty

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1934 | Winner: Best Foreign Film (Mussolini Cup)

National Board of Review

1934 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

The stark, breathtaking images bring to life a series of man versus nature narrative hooks: boy escapes shark, family farms with seaweed, boatmen kill shark, men survive the murderous sea to return to woman and child, all based on reality but totally staged. Flaherty here is inventing what would come to be called “ecstatic truth” by Werner Herzog: the elemental supersedes the factual, cinema has its own poetic logic.
November 04, 2013
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