The Edge of the World
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A key film in the career of director Michael Powell, The Edge of the World was his first original idea to be realized onscreen, and its success attracted the attention of producer Alexander Korda. Korda's bankrolling of Powell's next several films catapulted the filmmaker into the first rank of British directors. Powell was attracted to the idea of building a dramatic story around the evacuation of St. Kilda, an island north of Scotland, whose aging population could not sustain life there. Forbidden from filming on St. Kilda, Powell and his crew journeyed farther north to Foula, an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In this, his first independent feature film, Powell sets the tone for the rest of his career as he packs the narrative with innovations."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"A flinty, hard-edged melodrama amidst unforgettable landscapes; an early jewel from Michael Powell."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"... a must-see for Powell enthusiasts; the visuals are indescribably forceful."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Powell's early ability with the camera is readily apparent here"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Michael Powell entered the golden age of his career with The Edge of the World."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Told with old-fashioned simplicity yet avoiding any trace of sentimentality or emotionalism, it's a small-scale masterpiece that shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in cinematic storytelling at its most compelling."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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