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Contemporary Irish cinema : from The quiet man to Dancing at Lughnasa
MacKillop, James.
First edition.
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Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
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xiv, 290 pages ; 23 cm.
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Movies from and about Ireland have attracted huge augiences, capturing top international prizes (The Crying Game) and an Academy Award (My Left Foot). In this text, contributors take a variety of approaches to the treatment of films and film makers. They probe cinema's rewriting of Irish history, from Michael Collins and In the Name of the Father to Lost Beginnings.

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Most students interested in film will find this book's 50-page "Selected Filmography of Irish and Irish-Related Feature Films" useful and adequate (if they do not, they can turn to Kevin Rockett's 751-page Irish Filmography, 1996). The body of this book is another story. Though it starts with a joyous general essay, academic solemnity, not joy, mark the longwinded and 60-percent irrelevant essay "Poetic Documentary"; an unreadably pretentious essay on In the Name of the Father as postcolonial paternal melodrama; a dreary and dutiful schoolboy essay comparing two versions of Playboy of the Western World; and four more barely adequate essays (on Michael Collins, television, Miracle, My Left Foot). But MacKillip does include four somewhat more-than-adequate essays (on The Crying Game, Lost Belongings, The Dead, The Quiet Man); three graceful, intelligent essays (religion in three movies, a sense of place in Pigs, male brutality in The Field and Hear My Song); and a beautiful treatment of December Bride, beautiful because the author writes well and comprehends, as many critics do not, that a motion picture is not just a plot. The six-page bibliography, listing more articles than books, is admirable. Graduate and research collections. P. H. Stacy University of Hartford

Table of Contents

Harlan KennedyKathleen McCrackenBrian McIlroyJohn HillMartin McLooneMargot Gayle BackusJennifer C CornellMaria PramaggioreKathleen Gallagher WinarskiDouglas BrodeMoylan C. MillsJim LoterPamela DolanKerstin KettemanSanford SternlichtJames MacKillopAnthony Kirby and James MacKillop
Prefacep. vii
Contributorsp. xi
1. Shamrocks and Shillelaghs: Idyll and Ideology in Irish Cinemap. 1
2. Poetic Documentary: The Films of John T. Davisp. 11
3. History Without Borders: Neil Jordan's Michael Collinsp. 22
4. "The Past Is Always There in the Present": Fools of Fortune and the Heritage Filmp. 29
5. December Bride: A Landscape Peopled Differentlyp. 40
6. Revising Resistance: In the Name of the Father as Postcolonial Paternal Melodramap. 54
7. "Different Countries, Different Worlds": The Representation of Northern Ireland in Stewart Parker's Lost Belongingsp. 71
8. "I Kinda Liked You as a Girl": Masculinity, Postcolonial Queens, and the "Nature" of Terrorism in Neil Jordan's The Crying Gamep. 85
9. Neil Jordan's Miracle: From Fiction to Filmp. 98
10. Man's Mythic Journey and the Female Principle in My Left Footp. 109
11. Huston and Joyce: Bringing "The Dead" to the Screenp. 120
12. Cathal Black's Pigs: Ambivalence, Confinement, and the Search for an Irish Sense of Placep. 128
13. An Elephant at the Altar: Religion in Contemporary Irish Cinemap. 139
14. Cinematic Images of Irish Male Brutality and the Semiotics of Landscape in The Field and Hear My Songp. 153
15. Synge on Film: Two Playboysp. 161
16. The Quiet Man Speaksp. 169
17. Selected Filmography of Irish and Irish-Related Feature Filmsp. 182
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 251