National Cinema in Ireland

Martin McLoone

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    This article maps Irish cinema through Fernando Solanas' grid of 'first', 'second' and 'third' cinemas. In this way, it can be argued that Irish cinema is an 'arriere-garde' cinema that inhabits a contradictory space between the local and the global. Thus indigenous cinema seeking to address contemporary Ireland coexists with a 'first' cinema that continues to reinscribe the myth of romantic rural Ireland, also sold as commodity kitsch.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTheorising National Cinema
    EditorsValentina Vitali, Paul Willemen
    PublisherBritish Film Institute
    ISBN (Print)1-84457-120-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • national cinema
    • Ireland
    • 'third' cinema

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    McLoone, M. (2006). National Cinema in Ireland. In V. Vitali, & P. Willemen (Eds.), Theorising National Cinema (pp. 88-99). British Film Institute.