Examining National History in Neil Jordan’s 'Michael Collins'
Locating the film in both its historical and its cinematic context, this book explores the depiction of events in Michael Collins and the film’s participation in the process of reimagining Irishness through its public reception. The portrayal of the key figures of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera comes under special scrutiny as the author assesses this pivotal piece of Irish history on screen.
Acknowledgements ix chapter 1 Introduction 1 chapter 2 The Untold Story of Irish History 7 Films and History 7 Cinema and Ireland 13 Neil Jordan and the Film ‘like a National Institution’ 22 chapter 3 The Soldier: ‘Everything’s possible if you wish hard enough’ 31 1916 Easter Rising: Introducing the Characters 31 War of Independence 47 The Good, the Bad and the Heroic 60 Michael Collins: A Romantic National Hero? 76 chapter 4 The Statesman: ‘I signed my death warrant’ 91 Collins versus de Valera 91 The Split 107 The Civil War and the Death of Collins 118 chapter 5 Back to the Future: A View of the 1990s 131 Michael Collins: The Lost Leader 131 Northern Ireland 138 Irish National Cinema and Hollywood 151 chapter 6 Conclusion 165 Bibliography 173 Index 185
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