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Edge of the World
A film by Michael Powell
don’t think I shall ever make another film, however good it may
turn out to be, that will mean as much to me as The Edge of the
Powell, BBC Radio - Desert Island Discs, 1942
over four arduous months in the wild, windswept Shetland Islands,
Michael Powell’s first independent production establishes the
daring techniques and experimentation that would later become
familiar hallmarks of his career.
Edge of the World tells the moving story of a remote island and
its inhabitants, whose traditions and way of life are threatened by a
rapidly industrialising world. To settle an argument over whether the
islanders should give up their livelihood and move to the mainland,
two childhood friends follow an ancient tradition and climb the
island’s highest cliff face. The outcome shatters the island’s
peace and splits the two clans apart.
by the National Film and Television Archive in 1990 and with its
picture and sound further restored by bfi Video for this DVD
release, The Edge of the World has been admired by directors
such as Martin Scorsese.
the film proved so demanding and sensational that its 32-year-old
director was moved to write a full-scale book about his obsession
with the tragic grandeur of Scotland’s Outer Isles and his
struggle to film it, 200,000 Feet on Foula, which actor Daniel
Day-Lewis reads from on this DVD.
Day-Lewis reads extracts from 200,000
Feet on Foula
featuring Thelma Schoonmaker
(Michael Powell’s widow, who is also Martin Scorsese’s
editor) and film critic Ian Christie
Powell’s home movies
Return to the Edge of the World
St Kilda – Britain’s Loneliest Isle (1928)
of Michael Powell and producer Joe Rock
for hard of hearing
Release date: 12 January 2004
DVD: £19.99 / cat. no.
BFIVD589 / cert U
/ 1937 / black and white / 74 mins + extra material / Academy Radio
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