The Edge of the World | Chicago Reader

The Edge of the World

74 minutes

Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom) emerged from the anonymity of British quota quickies with this 1937 film, shot on location on the Scottish island of Foula; when the introduction of steam trawlers threatens the island's viability as a fishing port, the residents must decide whether or not to abandon their homes. Quite good, but it's somewhat anomalous for Powell: a melodrama rendered in the gray light of documentary naturalism rather than his famously stylized Technicolor. With Niall MacGinnis, Belle Chrystall, John Laurie, and Finlay Currie.

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