The Edge of the World (Powell, 1937)

A beautifully tragic film from Michael Powell showing the social and economic decline of Hirta Island, a desolate community of farmers and fisherman slowly realizing their traditional way of life is coming to an end.  The haunting locale of epic white cliffs, endless grassy knolls, and thunderous waves all add a silent menace to the story, one taken with the consequences of progress on the natural order of things. The evacuation of the island produces a specific longing for the silence of a rural existence, Powell gracefully charting the end of one particular civilization.

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