Philadelphia Here I Come

Philadelphia Here I Come

Director: John Quested

Cast: Eamon Kelly, Donal McCann, Siobhan McKenna

     
 

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This American Film Theatre production is based on the stage play by Brian Friel. Gar, a young Irish man, prepares to leave his dull Gaelic community--and his seemingly insensitive father--to live with his aunt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hero has an alter ego, seen only by himself and the audience: the public Gar (Des Cave) holds back his true emotions, while… See more details below

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This American Film Theatre production is based on the stage play by Brian Friel. Gar, a young Irish man, prepares to leave his dull Gaelic community--and his seemingly insensitive father--to live with his aunt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hero has an alter ego, seen only by himself and the audience: the public Gar (Des Cave) holds back his true emotions, while the private Gar (Donal McCann) tells the brutal (and sometimes hilarious) truth. As Gar packs his bags, he and his inner self examine his relationships with his boorish dad, his former sweetheart, his frustrated schoolmaster, his shallow buddies, and his loving housekeeper. Philadelphia Here I Come works beautifully as theatre, though the cinematic possibilities of a dual hero are barely explored.This American Film Theatre production is based on the stage play by Brian Friel. Gar, a young Irish man, prepares to leave his dull Gaelic community--and his seemingly insensitive father--to live with his aunt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hero has an alter ego, seen only by himself and the audience: the public Gar (Des Cave) holds back his true emotions, while the private Gar (Donal McCann) tells the brutal (and sometimes hilarious) truth. As Gar packs his bags, he and his inner self examine his relationships with his boorish dad, his former sweetheart, his frustrated schoolmaster, his shallow buddies, and his loving housekeeper. Philadelphia Here I Come works beautifully as theatre, though the cinematic possibilities of a dual hero are barely explored.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0738329029425
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
66,560

Special Features

"Brian Friel and Philadelphia, Here I Come!" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice; An interview with Edie Landau - Executive in Charge, The American Film Theatre; Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel - 1974; The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - includes a complete list of the AFT films; The American Film Theatre Scrapbook; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Will You Miss Me?" [11:17]
2. Love at the Beach [9:33]
3. A Deep Scar [11:37]
4. The Master's Advice [7:40]
5. "One of Those Autumn Days..." [9:42]
6. At the Pub With the Boys [11:55]
7. "I Hate the Place!" [9:06]
8. "This Music Says..." [8:05]
9. "Say It... Say Something!" [10:15]
10. "I Walk Away." [5:28]

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