Theme Month! August 2015: The Irish Experience

It’s no secret that a great many members of the early American film industry (as well as a good portion of its audience) had Irish roots. What could be more natural than to make films that reflected those roots? This month, we are going to be looking at the evolution of the portrayal of Ireland and the Irish in silent film.

Some of the these films were shot on studio sets but others use actual location footage to tell their tales. We’re going to start with some of the very first fiction films ever made in Ireland.

Review #1: The Lad from Old Ireland (1910)

The very first fiction film made in Ireland, this is a simple one-reel romance with plenty of gorgeous scenery and local color to spare.

Review #2: You Remember Ellen (1912)

Based on a poem, this is a little fairy tale about a poor girl who marries a poor boy. Or is he?

Review #3: For Ireland’s Sake (1914)

After some sweet romances, we switch gears and look at a movie calling for armed rebellion.

Review #4: Little Old New York (1923)

But what about the Irish-Americans? This Marion Davies vehicle is a lavish look at early 18th century New York City and its Irish citizens.

(Keep an eye on this page! I will be updating it with links to reviews throughout the month.)