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The Informer
The Informer

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Authors: Patrick F. Sheeran
Affiliation: National University of Ireland Galway
Publication Year: Softback 2002
Pages: 92
Size: 190 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859182888


An incisive series designed to increase critical understanding of 'Irish' film. Ireland into Film invites writers and scholars from the fields of film and literary studies to examine notable adaptations of Irish literary texts.

Lucid and accessible style makes the series appealing to the general readerLiberally illustrated throughout with stills from the film under discussion. Collaboration between Cork University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland.

Liam O'Flaherty's novel The Informer (1925) is what the author of this fascinating study calls a 'mythogenic text', i.e. one that lends itself easily to adaptations, re-creations and renditions. To date there have been four film versions (Arthur Robison 1929, John Ford 1935, Jules Dassin 1968, Michael Byrne 1992) and at least as many stage versions. One of the reasons the novel has proved so attractive to film-makers is that it was itself written with an eye on the silent expressionist cinema ofthe day. All too often O'Flaherty has been regarded as a hard realist who drew the great vigour of his art from the native Gaelic culture of oral storytelling. In fact, he was much more at home in the linked gestural and visual language of melodramaand the silent cinema. As Patrick Sheehan amply demonstrates, the central antagonism between O'Flaherty's hardman (Gypo Nolan) and the Gunman (Commandant Dan Gallagher) has provided dramatists and film-makers with a compelling way of staging political conflict, not only in Ireland, but in Weimar Germany and in the inner-city ghettos of Afro-America as well.

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