Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ballroom of Romance

Like most of the best Irish movies from the 1980s this one is forgotten. Short feature about a group of middle-aged lonely hearts who meet up at a rural dancehall. Fricker has her eye on drummer Lally but discovers that his landlady already has him. Then she fights off the leery advances from Kavanagh. It's an impressive movie and is better than that other famous Irish short-feature Poitin. Set at night like most good films this could have worked as a silent movie. The expressions on the actors' faces tell the story as good as the dialogue. Like most new Irish directors from that decade Pat O'Connor hasn't done much of note since. I blame the second Film Board for ignoring these directors' true potential but that's for another post!

Title: Ballroom of Romance
Genre: Heritage
New/old: Old
Cinema/DVD: Online

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