Thursday, 29 March 2012

IRISH FILM BOOKS: CINEMA ON THE PERIPHERY: CONTEMPORARY IRISH AND SPANISH FILM

Recent book which for some reason compares Irish and Spanish cinema - which is like comparing the Airtricity with La Liga football leagues! So I skipped the Spanish film pages and read all the Irish ones. Seems the writer has seen very few Irish movies and refers to comments from other books. Then the ones he has seen takes about three pages to discuss. Some terrible titles selected with lots of forgotten titles from the 1990s. There's the usual strong mother/lost father theme which gets identified in lots of terrible Irish titles. One good part was the discussion of Dublin as a city in cinema and how it fails to impress compared with other major cities around the world. Most of the interesting Irish films from the last twenty years are MISSING from this book. Unless you're interested in the cinema of hacks like Johnny Gogan and Liz Gill this book is useless. That's about it so if you see this book in the shops AVOID!

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