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The film and the book are works of art. The job of the artist is to shake us up, to make us see what we did not see before. The Ireland that Frank McCourt experienced was poor, dirty, downtrodden and very Catholic. Although I am not Irish, I grew up Catholic, and his depiction of the RC clergy was right-on. I can remember at the age of eight having a nun scream so hard she grew red in the face. I was terrified.
Well, read "Irish Immigrants and Exiles" if you think Mr. McCourt is exaggerating.
The film faithfully follows the book and I thought the film was more "hopeful" than the book. The child actors who play Frank at three different ages are wonderful. Mr. Mccourt said that he thought the film was a wonderful film that exactly captured his family. Guess we have to trust his judgement.
Whether you want to be subjected to this misery is another matter. The story reminds me of the films Carlo Ponti made about Italy after the War. Dirty, hungry children and pregnant 15-year olds. There are plenty of places still like that in the world, if only we can bring ourselves to look at them.
I believe this is the reason this film was such a disappointment to so many viewers who had read the book. Thankfully, I saw the film first, so I had no preconceived notions. With that fresh perspective, I must say that it was outstanding.
It the story is taken from the memoirs of Frank McCourt, who recounted his childhood in Ireland in the 1930's and 1940's. It is a poignant and compelling story of a poor family struggling to survive. The images are powerful depictions of the indignity of indigence in a world where hunger and disease were common and people went almost as frequently to the cemetery as to the market.
Alan Parker brings us a starkly realistic view of McCourt's Ireland. He scoured Ireland to find a ghetto that brought forth the images described in the book, but after an exhaustive search, he decided to build the lane from scratch using McCourt's photographs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very dark film. If you can get past the heartache. This film it is rewarding on many levels. It is based upon the life story of Frank McCord (author). Read morePublished 16 days ago by Teri L. Nelson
It took forever to send, and it wasn't even a US DVD, so it won't play.Published 24 days ago by John Murphy
This would not play properly as a rental. I purchased the movie and it played fine. I hope iPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read the book so of course the book is much more detailed. I did however think the movie was very good. Frank McCourt has a gift to write. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lgh