Contemporary Irish Cinema: From the Quiet Man to Dancing at Lughnasa

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At a time when national cinemas in France and Japan have been marginalized on world screens, movies from and about Ireland have attracted huge audiences, capturing top international prizes (The Crying Game) and an Academy Award (My Left Foot).

In Contemporary Irish Cinema, James MacKillop and contributors take a variety of approaches to the treatment of films and film makers. Some contributors are journalists and critics; others are young ...

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Overview

At a time when national cinemas in France and Japan have been marginalized on world screens, movies from and about Ireland have attracted huge audiences, capturing top international prizes (The Crying Game) and an Academy Award (My Left Foot).

In Contemporary Irish Cinema, James MacKillop and contributors take a variety of approaches to the treatment of films and film makers. Some contributors are journalists and critics; others are young scholars well grounded in current cinematic and literary theory.

Authors probe cinema's rewriting of Irish history, from the controversial Michael Collins and In the Name of the Father to playwright Stewart Parker's overlooked miniseries on Ulster sectarianism, Lost Belongings. Jim Loter brings the writings of Martin Heidegger to bear on Cathal Black's dark comedy, Pigs. Attitudes toward the institutional church are revealed in Playboys; among the films that figure into Pamela Dolan's work is An Elephant in the Sacristy.

Anthony Kirby and MacKillop's up-to-date filmography of Irish and Irish-related films is the most extensive yet published.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780815605683
  • Publisher: Irish Books & Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1 Shamrocks and Shillelaghs: Idyll and Ideology in Irish Cinema 1
2 Poetic Documentary: The Films of John T. Davis 11
3 History Without Borders: Neil Jordan's Michael Collins 22
4 "The Past Is Always There in the Present": Fools of Fortune and the Heritage Film 29
5 December Bride: A Landscape Peopled Differently 40
6 Revising Resistance: In the Name of the Father as Postcolonial Paternal Melodrama 54
7 "Different Countries, Different Worlds": The Representation of Northern Ireland in Stewart Parker's Lost Belongings 71
8 "I Kinda Liked You as a Girl": Masculinity, Postcolonial Queens, and the "Nature" of Terrorism in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game 85
9 Neil Jordan's Miracle: From Fiction to Film 98
10 Man's Mythic Journey and the Female Principle in My Left Foot 109
11 Huston and Joyce: Bringing "The Dead" to the Screen 120
12 Cathal Black's Pigs: Ambivalence, Confinement, and the Search for an Irish Sense of Place 128
13 An Elephant at the Altar: Religion in Contemporary Irish Cinema 139
14 Cinematic Images of Irish Male Brutality and the Semiotics of Landscape in The Field and Hear My Song 153
15 Synge on Film: Two Playboys 161
16 The Quiet Man Speaks 169
17 Selected Filmography of Irish and Irish-Related Feature Films 182
Notes 235
Bibliography 245
Index 251
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