Troubled Epic: On Location with Ryan's Daughter

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It was Ryan's Daughter, winner of two Oscars, that first lured Michael Tanner to the Dingle Peninsula. He researched this story by focusing on identifying locations and interviewing local people involved in the film's shoot. The result is an unvarnished account of the troubled shooting of the film, both on and off camera, and how its stars - Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones and John Mills - coped with a year on Ireland's west coast in 1969. The story is largely told in the words of ...

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Overview

It was Ryan's Daughter, winner of two Oscars, that first lured Michael Tanner to the Dingle Peninsula. He researched this story by focusing on identifying locations and interviewing local people involved in the film's shoot. The result is an unvarnished account of the troubled shooting of the film, both on and off camera, and how its stars - Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones and John Mills - coped with a year on Ireland's west coast in 1969. The story is largely told in the words of local people who were drivers, extras, prop men, landladies, actors or mere observers. Also included is a gazetteer to the locations used on the Dingle Peninsula and elsewhere in Kerry to enable fans to follow in Rosy Ryan's footsteps. With rare photos and archive material, this is the behind-the-scenes story of a film which changed the Dingle Peninsula overnight, saw more antics than usual by stars off and on the set, and resulted in David Lean making no film for 14 years, so fraught was the experience.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781905172382
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/7/2008
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Sources viii

Maps x

Part 1 A Troublesome Daughter 1

1 Rosy's Story 3

2 Rosy's Conception 21

3 Finding Rosy a Home 31

4 The Last Travelling Circus 55

5 Trouble On Set: Lean and his Actors 71

6 Trouble Off Set: Location Fever 101

7 A Legend on Location: Mitch Enters Dingle Folklore 123

Part 2 Tracking Her Down 145

8 Finding the Principal Locations 147

9 The Role of Each Location 153

Part 3 Bidding Her Farewell 223

10 God Save Our Lean!: from the critics 225

11 God Save Our Lean!: for his legacy 247

Appendix: Cast; Credits; Awards 256

Picture Credits 259

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