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Before There Was ‘Lost’, There Was ‘Lord of the Flies’

Before There Was ‘Lost’, There Was ‘Lord of the Flies’ (photo)

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If a plane crashed on an isolated desert island, what would happen to the rag tag group of survivors? No, it’s not the pitch meeting for ‘Lost’, it’s the underlying question behind William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies. The 1963 version was directed in stark black-and-white by Peter Brook and was much more successful than the 1990 version.

In Golding’s novel, a plane full of British school boys crashes on a deserted island leaving the boys stranded with no adult supervision. The schoolkids set about surviving, which for them means electing Ralph as leader and Jack (not played by Matthew Fox) to lead the hunting parties to kill the island’s wild pigs (not polar bears, though). Things go from bad to worse leading viewers to the undeniable conclusion that the thing they would least like to be trapped on a desert island with is a pack of British schoolboys.

Peter Brook used amateur actors (a.k.a. actual schoolboys) to star in the film, that was shot on location in Puerto Rico. Their reenactment of the savagery that lies within was realistic, if perhaps a bit uneven, and the movie and the message are as relevant and frightening today as they were in 1963. The increasingly unfettered brutality of the schoolboys makes you long for, say, the Smoke Monster to come and instate a bit of law and order.

‘Lord of the Flies’ airs on IFC at 11:15 a.m. and again at 4:05 p.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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