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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 392M • Screening Ireland

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
0 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 208
Cullingford

Course Description

What is "Irish" cinema, and how does it relate to Irish literature and culture? In attempting to answer these questions we shall analyze representations of Irishness produced by native and non-native filmmakers, focusing on questions of nationality, gender, religion, class, landscape, and modernity. Where the films are based on literary texts, we shall read the sources and consider the issues raised by adaptation from one medium to another. Our approach will be formal as well as thematic and political: we shall consider not only the history and culture of twentieth-century Ireland, but also the aesthetics of cinema, to which Bordwell and Thompson's Film Art will be our guide.

Until recently Ireland had no indigenous film industry, so our early examples will be drawn from Hollywood. The emergence of Irish directors Jim Sheridan (The Field, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer) and Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy) has combined with the establishment of the Irish Film Board to create a commercial Irish cinema that is mainly dependent upon European funding and American distribution. We shall consider the economic problems facing "native" cinema in relation to the global dominance of Hollywood, and see contemporary low-budget films by Margot Harkin, Orla Walsh, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Peter Mullan, and Paul Greengrass.

Texts

Films:

John Ford, The Quiet Man (US 1952)

John Huston, The Dead (US 1987) [James Joyce, The Dead]

Margot Harkin, Hush-a-Bye Baby (GB/IRL 1989)

Thaddeus O'Sullivan, December Bride (GB/IRL 1990), [Sam H. Bell, December Bride]

Jim Sheridan, The Field (GB/IRL 1990) [John B. Keane, The Field]

Jim Sheridan, In the Name of the Father (GB/IRL/USA 1993)

Jim Sheridan, The Boxer (IRL 1997)

Neil Jordan, The Crying Game (GB 1992) [Screenplay]

Neil Jordan, Michael Collins (IRL 1996) [Screenplay]

Neil Jordan, The Butcher Boy (IRL 1998) [Pat MacCabe, The Butcher Boy]

Alan Parker, The Commitments (GB 1991), [Roddy Doyle, The Commitments]

Orla Walsh, The Visit (IRL 1992)

Peter Mullan, The Magdalene Sisters (GB/IRL 2002)

Paul Greengrass, Bloody Sunday (GB/IRL 2002)

Books:

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art

Martin McLoone, Irish Film: the Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema

Sam Hanna Bell, December Bride

Roddy Doyle, The Commitments

Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy

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