Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
School of Arts and Humanities
Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member
Janet F. Brodie
© 2012 Eric Scott Elliott
The purpose of this research is to examine how the Irish Republican Army has been represented in theatrical cinema since the 1930s. The goal is to demonstrate the necessity for historical accuracy in movies produced for public entertainment, which often neglect historical facts and circumstances in portraying an organization as controversial and complex as the IRA. This has been done by examining five movies produced for wide-distribution and comparing each to the detailed historical record. Upon analysis of these movies, it becomes clear that the films which are the most historically relevant are also the most powerful cinematic productions, both through emotional power and overall entertainment.
Elliott, Eric Scott. (2012). Historical Accuracy and the IRA Over 70 Years of Cinema. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 23. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/23. doi: 10.5642/cguetd/23