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26 November 2011

Historical Utopias: Atoll K

Something a bit different this time: a cinematic dystopia (judging by the reviews) from 1951, featuring comic legends Laurel and Hardy. In their last film together, (known as Utopia in the US, Robinson Crusoeland in the UK and Atoll K in Europe), the boys are shipwrecked while heading for a newly inherited island, and are marooned on an atoll which has just emerged from the sea. Along with their cook, a stowaway and a girl who is fleeing her fiancé, they set up their own government on the atoll. Uranium is discovered and world powers begin fighting over ownership of the island. The US release has lapsed into the public domain and can be streamed online here.

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