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Movies: “Lord of the Flies”

Oct. 13, 1963 - “Lord of the Flies,” a British drama film based on the 1954 novel by William Golding, will open Friday. The story deals with 30 English schoolboys who are marooned on an island where the behavior of the majority degenerates into savagery. The film was written and directed by Peter Brook. The film was shot entirely in Puerto Rico — at Aguadilla, El Yunque, and on the island of Vieques. The boys in the cast were all non-professional, had mostly not read the book, and actual scripting was minimal. Scenes were filmed by explaining them to the boys, who then acted them out, with some of the dialogue improvised. During filming, Life magazine journalist Robert Wallace visited the filming location and observed one of the boys amusing himself by feeding live lizards into the blades of a rotating fan. Wallace wrote: “One could almost hear William Golding, 4,000 miles away in England, chuckling into his beard.”


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