The Real Ireland: The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film

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Manchester University Press, 2004 - History - 352 pages
The Real Ireland is the first study of Irish documentary film, but more than that, it is a study of Ireland itself--of how the idea of Ireland evolved throughout the twentieth century and how documentary cinema both recorded and participated in the process of change. More than just a film studies work, it is a discussion of history, politics and culture, which also explores the philosophical roots of the documentary idea, and how this idea informs concepts of society, self and nation. It features rare and previously unseen illustrations and a detailed documentary filmography, the first of its kind in print anywhere.

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State society and nation 4
primitives poets and pilgrims 16
Irish society and social
history and ideology 101
f Continuity and nostalgia 120
o turn of the millennium 129
The rocky road to change 141
postmodern postcolonial
redefining the public sphere 237
Filmography 263
Secondary filmography 334
Index 347

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Harvey O'Brien is a Lecturer in Film Studies at University College Dublin.

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