Robert Flaherty (director) MAN OF ARAN (1935) Set of 7 photos


[Hollywood]: Fox Film, 1935. Set of seven (7) vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white print still photos, just about fine.

Man of Aran is a 1934 fictional Irish documentary (ethnofiction) film shot, written and directed by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in pre-modern 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. (Wikipedia)

The film is now most highly esteemed for its expression of Flaherty’s romantic vision of life. Flaherty is one of the people who created the documentary format, and this is a vital expression of his sensibility. Original paper of any kind from this film is rare.

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