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This Other Eden
This Other Eden

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Authors: Fidelma Farley
Affiliation: University of Aberdeen
Publication Year: Softback 2001
Pages: 94
Size: 190 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859182895


An incisive new 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 reader. Liberally illustrated throughout with stills from the film under discussion. Collaboration between Cork University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland.

This Other Eden (1959) was one of the first films produced by Emmet Dalton in the newly-formed Ardmore Studios, and was the first Irish feature film to be directed by a woman, Muriel Box. The film explores the traumatic legacy of the Civil War, and in particular the impact of the death of Michael Collins on successive generations. Given that Emmet Dalton was with Collins the day he was shot, some critics have speculated that this film was an attempt to redress, even rewrite, the history ofthat time. However, like the Louis D'Alton play on which it is based, This Other Eden is not just a critique of the past but a witty and complex satire of an emergent modern Ireland in the late 1950s. Fidelma Farley traces the genealogy of the text from Shaw's John Bull's Other Island to D'Alton's Abbey play and Box's film. Using unpublished archival material, including Muriel Box's personal diaries, Farley reclaims this little-known Irish classic by firmly rooting it in the cultural context ofthe Lemass era.

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