The Edge of the World

Director: Michael Powell
Year Released: 1937
Rating: 2.0

One of Powell's early pictures - and set on the desolate/romantic island of Foula - about the division between those that feel they belong to the island and those that want to leave to join the rest of humanity instead of staying separate from it. I'm guessing it's intended to be a 'drama,' yet the drama is in short supply, as Powell has to rely on two separate scenes of people falling off the edge of the island to generate any sense of emotion. The island is a wonder to look at in black and white and in color - Powell returned years later with John Laurie and a camera crew to revisit the people - so scenery buffs may get a charge out of that. Otherwise, it pales in comparison to his later and significantly more developed work.