The IRA on Film and Television

A History


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About the Book

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has for decades pursued the goal of unifying its homeland into a single sovereign nation, ending British rule in Northern Ireland. Over the years, the IRA has been dramatized in motion pictures directed by John Ford (The Informer), Carol Reed (Odd Man Out), David Lean (Ryan’s Daughter), Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), and many others. Such international film stars as Liam Neeson, James Cagney, Richard Gere, James Mason and Anthony Hopkins have portrayed IRA members alternately as heroic patriots, psychotic terrorists and tormented rebels.
This work analyzes celluloid depictions of the IRA from the 1916 Easter Rising to the peace process of the 1990s. Topics include America’s role in creating both the IRA and its cinematic image, the organization’s brief association with the Nazis, and critical reception of IRA films in Ireland, Britain and the United States.

About the Author(s)

Mark Connelly teaches literature and film at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is vice president of the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Connelly
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 273
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, notes, chronology, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4736-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8961-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      5

1 The Troubles I: The War of Independence and the Irish Civil War      15

2 The Big Fellow: Michael Collins      38

3 The Shamrock and the Swastika      62

4 The Troubles II      100

5 The Classics: The Informer and Odd Man Out      147

6 American Angles      161

7 International Intrigue      198

8 The Gangster Film: Criminalizing the IRA      204

9 Themes and Characters      215

10 Post Troubles?      236

Conclusion      242

Chronology      245

Filmography      247

Chapter Notes      251

Bibliography      260

Index      265

Book Reviews & Awards

“This interesting volume on political cinema examines depictions of the Irish Republican Army in film and television”—Reference & Research Book News.