STAY CLASSY: Lord of the Flies (1963)



Year Released: 1963

How It Fared Back Then: Peter Brook’s adaptation of a Nobel Prize winning author (William Golding) received an overall seal of approval upon its release.  In fact, critics liked it so much that he was nominated for a Golden Palm at Cannes that year.  With the turmoil of war ever so present and the outbreak of civil rights movements, Lord of the Flies couldn’t have had a better audience.

Why It’s Lasted:  Other than the fact that it’s basically a requirement to read the book in school, I think the film has managed to hold its own for a couple of reasons.  Genre wise, it was one of the first films to incorporate Art House and Documentary styles.  Also, although the acting might be dated, the imagery and themes throughout the film hold just as much, if not more, relevance to the images we see today.

Classic Moments:

  • When we’re first introduced to the choir boys tra-la-la-ing down the beach.  The song they sing will get trapped in your mind for days.
  • The part where the rest of the boys learn that the choir boys are really wild and crazy.  Not in a fun way.
  • I don’t want to give away too much but…poor Simon and Piggy.

Does It Hold Up? I would say it continues to have a pretty big influence of films today, but I mean, if it weren’t for the book, Lord of the Flies the movie wouldn’t exist.  So I’m not sure if it’s really the movie or the novel we should be acknowledging.  In any case, despite the dated acting and bad voice dubs, I think it’s a great adaptation.  It also totally revolutionized the way we should perceive choir boys.


SARAH - smallerSarah is coupon writer by day and a freelance photographer/writer by night in the Ottawa region.  Her all time favourite movie is The Exorcist and she cries in almost every sad scene in a movie no matter how bad it is.

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