Irish Republicanism as Reflected in Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday


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Irish Republicanism as Reflected in Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday
The way Irish revolutionists are portrayed in Neil Jordan’s film Michael Collins is fanciful and romanticized compared with the realistic style in which they’re shown in Paul
Bloody Sunday, and yet even the latter ends up being an essentially one-sided account of the Republican cause in Irish politics. Each film, in its way, attempts to justify the cause of Irish Republicanism, but whereas Bloody Sunday at least partly succeeds, thanks to its engagingly realistic, pseudo-documentary style of direction (and seeming neutrality), Michael Collins, an epic in the “traditional” style, resorts to clichés and myth-making and consequently fails to convince.
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Dean, Joan. “Screening the IRA”. Film West (“Ireland’s Film Quarterly”), Vol. 20
, Gillian (2010). Course director: FA/FILM 1701 3.0W: Hollywood Old and New. Lecture on Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday. Url:
, Geoffrey. “Classic films with the Troubles in mind”. The Independent, March 14, 2008
, David. “Why are all the Troubles’ films about republicans?”
The Belfast Telegraph, Oct. 31, 2008
Michael Collins. 1996. A UK-Ireland-US co-production. Redmond Morris and Stephen
, producers. Neil Jordan, director. On