IRELAND

 

 

St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000) (TV)  --  English slave who became the founder of Christianity in Ireland

The Vikings (1958) -- the scourge of Ireland and England/Scotland as well as elsewhere

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)  --   in 1007 Vikings mistakenly leave two men behind and the men have to struggle with nature, Irish monks, Abenaki natives and their own natures to try to get back to the Viking settlement

 

Irish in the USA, Australia, New Zealand

One Man's Hero (1999)  -- Irish Americans mistreated in the US army go over to the Mexican side

River Queen (2005)  --  in the 1860s a young Irish woman and her family find themselves torn between the British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand

The Gangs of New York (2002) -- ethnic tensions between Irish immigrants and native Americans leads to infamous New York City draft riots of 1863

Molly McGuires (1970)  --  violence used by Irish coal workers to fight the owners

The Fighting 69th (1940) --  Irish-American unit sent to fight in WWI

Stand Up for Justice (2004)  --  Mexican/Irish-American goes to the internment camp with his Japanese-American friends

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENCE FOR IRELAND

The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)  --  in Ireland 1587 Hugh O'Donnell inherits the title of the prince of Donegal and tries to unite Ireland to oppose English occupation

Ryan's Daughter (1970)  --an Irish woman has a passionate adulterous relationship with a British officer and is accused of treason

Barry Lyndon (1976) -- Stanley Kubrik; set against the 7 Year's War 1756-1763

Parnell (1937)  -- struggle for Home Rule in Ireland under Charles Stuart Parnell

Captain Boycott (1947) -- origin of the word "boycott" in Ireland

Scarlet (1994) --  follow up on Gone with the Wind; misery of the Irish under British control

The Informer  (1935)  -- informing on one's own during the violent Sinn Fein civil rebellion

Juno and the Paycock (1930)  --  Irish family breakdown and son accused of being an informant

Rebel Heart (2001)  miniseries set in period from the 1916 Easter Rising until the end of the civil war  (currently unavailable)

Easter Sixteen (2009) 1916 Easter Uprising

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)  --  IRA fights the Black and Tans trained to suppress the IRA  (with James Cagney) 

 Fools of Fortune (1990) a man wants vengeance after the British army destroys his family and  home at the onset of the Irish war of independence

 Irish Destiny (1926)  --  the Black and Tans make life very difficult for one young IRA fellow

Ballyvaughan Story (2006)  --  1921, young girl tries to save her village from British retribution for IRA killing two British marines

Michael Collins (1996) -- leader of the Irish during the 1922 revolt

The Treaty (1991) -- the one negotiated by Michael Collins in 1921 that led to civil war (1922-1923)

Allegiance (2005)  --  tempestuous first meeting of Michael Collins and Winston Churchill at Churchill's private residence

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)  --  criticism of the actions of the British leading to the Irish fight for independence

The Last September (1999)  --  the Anglo-Irish play while the Irish world around them is rebelling

Talk of Angels (1998)  --  Irish woman flees impending marriage to a political activist only to find political troubles in 1930s Spain

My Left Foot (1989) -- Irish painter/writer Christy Brown who had only his left foot with which to paint/write

Nora (2000)  --  famous author James Joyce and his love Nora Barnacle have a rocky relationship

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (1979)  --   Irish author James Joyce of Dublin

 

 

 

WORLD WAR II

 

Talk of Angels (1998)  --  Irish woman flees impending marriage to a political activist only to find political troubles in 1930s Spain

The Brylcreem Boys (1998)  --  in neutral Ireland, a British and a German pilot shoot each other down & are thrown in the same POW camp; the two become rivals for the affection of an Irish girl

 

 

CIVIL RIGHTS -- NORTHERN IRELAND

The Dawn (aka The Dawn over Ireland) (1938)  --  the "troubles" in Ireland in the early nineteen hundreds

Bloody Sunday (2002)  --  quasi-documentary style dealing with Br soldiers firing on a peaceful civil rights demonstrators

Sunday (2002)  --  about Bloody Sunday

Some Mother's Son (1996)  --  mother becomes involved in IRA hunger strike

Hunger (2008)  --  last ten weeks of the life of Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican Army hunger striker who starved himself to death

Cal (1984) British film based in Northern Ireland

In the Name of the Father (1993) -- British try to frame innocent for bombings by I.R.A.

The Boxer (1997) -- set in Northern Ireland  

Omagh (2004)  --  aftermath of the 1998 IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland

The Crying Game (1992)  -- a Br soldier, Jody,  is captured by the IRA; Jody develops a friendship with IRA man Fergus, things go wrong & Fergus winds up seeing Jody's girlfriend 

This is the Sea (1997) --  troubles for a Protestant and a Catholic who fall in love in Northern Ireland

X  Mo  --  Labor politician Mo Mowlam serves as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and signs the Good Friday Peace Agreement April 10, 1998 on Good Friday

 

 

 

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