St. Patrick was a month ago… Beer, St. Patrick, Music are some of the things that come to mind when thinking about Ireland. You’ve probably seen many more Irish films than you thought. And you probably liked them. You may also come up with a few more than we have included, but you had to choose. We sort them in chronological order.
My left foot
Directed by Jim Sheridan in 1989 is the story of Irish writer and painter Christy Brown. Starring Daniel Day Lewis, the tenacity of the artist, suffering from cerebral palsy, breaks all barriers to integrate into society. An example of struggle and overcoming. The actor got the Oscar for his great performance.
The creation of a soul band in Dublin. The film tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young man who advertises in a local newspaper to select musicians and singers to form the group The Commitments. The soundtrack to this film directed by Alan Parker is, like Irish people would say, grand.
The Crying Game
If we talk about Irish cinema, we could not miss the IRA among the topics to be discussed. The film directed by Neil Jordan in 1992 tells the story of a British soldier kidnapped by the IRA. The prisoner befriends one of the terrorists and asks him to visit his girlfriend if they kill him. Fergus, a member of the IRA, lives up to his word and visits the soldier’s girlfriend in London. And we cannot tell you more, but surely it will surprise you, if you have not yet seen it. Stephen Rea, Forest Withaker, Jaye Davidson and Miranda Richardson are the main characters.
In the name of the Father
Daniel Day-Lewis again on stage. The actor was born in England but has dual nationality, British and Irish, being the son of the Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis. The 1993 film, directed by Jim Sheridan, tells the story of the Guildford Four, young people accused of being members of the IRA and having bombed a pub that killed several victims. The protagonist Gerry is imprisoned, along with his father, and with the help of a lawyer tries to prove his innocence.
Once again the cinema and the history united. In 1996 directed by Neil Jordan this film is plagued of great actors, like Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, Brendan Gleeson … The film narrates the history of the Irish leader who fought in favor of the independence of his country.
Brendan Gleeson starred in this 2004 film and directed by John Michael McDonagh. This time is the story of a priest, who during a confession receives the death threat of one of his parishioners. Along with Gleeson the also Irishman, Chris O’Dowd, famous for his role in The IT Crowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, and Domhnall Gleeson.
We already know that we have left some films like John Ford’s The Quiet Man, or some more modern ones like The Van, or Irish Café, but we have not included American or British films filmed in the island, but those that have Irish nationality.
How many of them have you seen? And what is your favourite?
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