The Edge of the World (2000)
as Peter Manson
as Ruth Manson
as Ruth Manson - His Daughter
as Robbie Manson - Her Brother
as Jean Manson - Their Grandmother
as James Gray
as Andrew Gray
as John, the Catechist
as Dunbar, the Laird
as Jean Manson
as The Trawler Skipper
as Mrs. Graham
as Man at Dance
Critic Reviews for The Edge of the World
In this, his first independent feature film, Powell sets the tone for the rest of his career as he packs the narrative with innovations.
... a must-see for Powell enthusiasts; the visuals are indescribably forceful.
Michael Powell entered the golden age of his career with The Edge of the World.
A flinty, hard-edged melodrama amidst unforgettable landscapes; an early jewel from Michael Powell.
Powell's early ability with the camera is readily apparent here
Audience Reviews for The Edge of the World
I really love Michael Powell more and more. This was his first breakout film. The use of building drama with edits of tight shots, sections of scene, music and tempo...the guy is a genius. I loved this lil film to death. :fresh:
(DVD) (First Viewing, 5th Powell film) [b]The Edge of the World[/b] is the film that legendary British filmmaker Michael Powell considered his first great film, and it remained one that held significant meaning to him (he even appeared in it in a small role). Though some aspects of the film are rather amateurish, it's a very capably directed film and is a respectable kickoff to a celebrated career. The story involves a small group of people on a tiny Scottish island who are finding their traditional way of life slowly dying off. The young people are leaving the island for better work and wages on the mainland, those who are left are finding it impossible to carry on without their help. This conflict leads to a showdown that results in disaster, tearing a young couple apart in the process. The black and white cinematography is stunning, using the steep rock cliffs and rolling grass to full effect (it definitely hints at the renowned cinematography that would mark later Powell films made in collaboration with Emeric Pressburger). Reviewer comments over at IMDb say that this film is for Powell completists only, but such a pronouncement greatly underestimates the film's quality. Though in some ways [b]Edge of the World[/b] is a slight film, clocking in at a mere 75 minutes, I found it entertaining and would definitely recommend it to anybody interested in giving it a look.
Residents of a small Scottish isle come to terms with the fact that their way of life has come to an end. The seas nearby can no longer provide enough fish to make a living, and their land, having been depleted and eroded, can no longer produce the crops they need to survive. Some very touching moments here but I found that the most interesting parts were the shots of actual Scotsmen going about their daily routines. The film is almost as documentary as it is dramatic. Fascinating to see the way islanders collected shed wool from the sheep or the way they got mail to the mainland by sealing letters in small toy boats and casting them into the sea, hoping that fishing vessels would pick them up and post them. There is as much here for history enthusiasts as there is for movie buffs.
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