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The alternative within the mainstream: a critical analysis of some recent Irish films

Fennell, Nicholas (2005) The alternative within the mainstream: a critical analysis of some recent Irish films. Master of Arts thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

Central to this thesis is the argument, espoused by a number o f our contemporary critics, that the success o f Angel (Neil Jordan, 1982) and My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan, 1989) resulted in a climate in which Irish filmmakers attempted to appeal to a more global market by adopting mainstream Hollywood formats at the expense o f the more experimental and socially critical cinema which had existed prior to 1987. While primarily concerned with Irish cinema since the re-establishment o f the Film Board in 1993, the thesis sets out to investigate a number o f different strategies which Irish filmmakers have adopted in an attempt to infiltrate a market which has become totally dominated by mainstream American studio films. Its main concern is the extent to which they may be said to have successfully achieved a balance o f American style and Irish substance, in such a way that these films can be read as less definably “American” and more specifically “Irish”. Each o f the films proposed for examination is alternative, not in the classic sense o f "alternative’ or ‘counter-cinema’, but in the sense that they deviate from the more standardised approach o f much Irish cinema. The thesis is divided into two main sections.

Item Type:Thesis (Master of Arts)
Date of Award:2005
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):Brereton, Pat
Uncontrolled Keywords:Irish film; Filmmaking; alternative cinema
Subjects:Humanities > Film studies
Humanities > Culture
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17369
Deposited On:31 Aug 2012 15:10 by Fran Callaghan. Last Modified 31 Aug 2012 15:10

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