The IRA on Film and Television: A History

Overview

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has for decades pursued the goal of unifying its homeland into a single sovereign nation, ending British rule in Northern Ireland. Over the years, the IRA has been dramatized in motion pictures directed by John Ford (The Informer), Carol Reed (Odd Man Out), David Lean (Ryan's Daughter), Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), and many others. Such international film stars as Liam Neeson, James Cagney, Richard Gere, James Mason and Anthony Hopkins have portrayed IRA members alternately as ...

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Overview

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has for decades pursued the goal of unifying its homeland into a single sovereign nation, ending British rule in Northern Ireland. Over the years, the IRA has been dramatized in motion pictures directed by John Ford (The Informer), Carol Reed (Odd Man Out), David Lean (Ryan's Daughter), Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), and many others. Such international film stars as Liam Neeson, James Cagney, Richard Gere, James Mason and Anthony Hopkins have portrayed IRA members alternately as heroic patriots, psychotic terrorists and tormented rebels.

This work analyzes celluloid depictions of the IRA from the 1916 Easter Rising to the peace process of the 1990s. Topics include America's role in creating both the IRA and its cinematic image, the organization's brief association with the Nazis, and critical reception of IRA films in Ireland, Britain and the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786447367
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2012
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Connelly teaches literature and film at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is vice president of the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 The Troubles I: The War of Independence and the Irish Civil War 15

2 The Big Fellow: Michael Collins 38

3 The Shamrock and the Swastika 62

4 The Troubles II 100

5 The Classics: The Informer and Odd Man Out 147

6 American Angles 161

7 International Intrigue 198

8 The Gangster Film: Criminalizing the IRA 204

9 Themes and Characters 215

10 Post Troubles? 236

Conclusion 242

Chronology 245

Filmography 247

Chapter Notes 251

Bibliography 260

Index 265

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