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Rocky Road to Dublin (2006)

Sean O'Faolain , Conor Cruise O'Brien , Peter Lennon , Raoul Coutard (cinematographer)  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sean O'Faolain, Conor Cruise O'Brien, John Huston, Father Michael Cleary
  • Directors: Peter Lennon, Raoul Coutard (cinematographer)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0031REQGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Magnificent! One of the most beautiful documentaries the cinema has given us. --Les Cahiers du Cinema

Inspired by the modernism of the French New Wave and close in tone to the wry essay-films of Chris Marker. --The New York Times

Glows with idealism: a brilliant, affectionate, exasperated portrait of his native land, in thrall to reactionary politics and a repressive church, decades after throwing off the English yoke. Almost 40 years on... [it] still has a blazing raw energy, coupled with shrewd insight. --The Guardian

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The last film screened at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival (before it was halted following protests by filmmakers lead by Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut), the landmark documentary ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN is a stunningly evocative, "Beautiful, energetic, and uncompromising!" (New York Magazine) portrait of 1960s Ireland.

Featuring the inspired cinematography of legendary French New Wave pioneer Raoul Coutard, and an incisive, literate voice-over commentary by the director Lennon (an Irish journalist then living in Paris), ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN captures an Ireland on the cusp of enormous social changes but still mired in a regressive, semi-theocratic mentality.

The reaction to the film and it s history (as well as the tumultuous events in Cannes) are recounted in THE MAKING OF ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN, also included on this DVD. This new film reunites Peter Lennon and Raoul Coutard.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting relic of the 60s January 13, 2011
You might think that a documentary of Ireland from the 60s involving religion and politics would be about "the Troubles" and be casting blame on England. That is not the case here. Filmmaker Peter Lennon instead presents a case that the Irish government and the Roman Catholic Church is to blame for keeping Ireland in the "dark ages". How much you will enjoy this film will depend on how much you agree with Lennon. There is some fascinating footage here of Irish people going about their daily lives and interviews with clergy, politicians and school children. There is also a number of songs from Irish group "the Dubliners" and a surprise appearance by John Huston. This film was shown at the 1968 Cannes film festival which was halted by Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut. Lennon acts like this film is the reason the festival was halted but presents no real evidence. In a documentary about the making of "Rocky Road to Dublin" that is included here, Lennon would like us to believe that he was a visionary when in reality, he made some very severe errors in judgement. At one point in the 60s film he sneers about the powers that be in Ireland attempting to rid themselves of Anglo-saxon culture and return to their Celtic roots. He scoffs at their efforts to reintroduce the Gaelic language into Irish culture. This might have been an unpopular idea in the 60s, but 40 years later on we know that Celitc culture, music, and the Gaelic language are more popular than ever. This film is an interesting relic of the 60s but not the prophetic vision that Lennon would like you to believe.
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