Ireland in the movies

After the release of “Belfast” by Kenneth Branagh and before St Patrick’s Day, we invite you to an Irish ballad to the sounds of the most beautiful film music.

FIP listens to the cinema every Sunday and invites listeners to take a stroll through the musical imagination of a filmmaker, a genre or a composer of film music. A program hosted by Susana Poveda, set to music by Florent Beauvallet and produced by Denis Soula.

If Irish cinema was indeed born at the beginning of the 20th century with a film like A Lad from Irelandthe collective imagination of the Emerald Isle and its cultural richness has long been forged through the prism of Hollywood cinema with works like The Quiet Man by John Ford in 1952 following John Wayne as a boxer in County Mayo to music by Victor Young, the Dublin people John Huston’s latest film with music by Alex North or Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick.

Drawing on the founding myth of its country, American cinema has largely represented Irish communities, sometimes in a caricatural way, as in Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese with music by Howard Shore, distant horizons by Ron Howard, illustrated by the score by John Williams or Close Enemies by Alan J. Pakula with a soundtrack by James Horner.

Linked to the tragic history of Ireland, the English filmmakers offered us their visions with Ryan’s Daughter by David Lean with music by Maurice Jarre, The wind picks up by Ken Loach, Palme d’or in 2006 with music by George Fenton, the dancer Jimmy’s Hall by the same director in 2014, The Commitments by Alan Parker and his covers of Wilson Pickett, Hunger by Steve McQueen illustrated to music by Leo Abrahams and David Holmes or bloody sunday by Paul Greengrass with a soundtrack by Dominic Muldowney. British director Kenneth Branagh has just released the film Belfast, an “autobiographical” fresco on his hometown.

The success and awards won by several films of the 1990s gave international exposure and new impetus to Irish cinema, My Left Foot by Jim Sheridan on a score by Elmer Bernstein followed by In the name of the Father still with actor Daniel Day-Lewis, The Crying Game by Neil Jordan with music by Anne Dudley and a title sung by Boy George. The Irish filmmaker, who after his fantastic escape Interview with a Vampirereturned to his land with Michael Collinsan epic of Ireland’s struggle for independence in the early 20th century set to music by Elliot Goldenthal.

Irish cinema has since continued its creative momentum with Brooklyn by John Crowley, the film Ounce of John Carney and his ever-musical comedy Sing Street, Calvary and The Irishman by John Michael McDonagh…

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Ireland in the movies