Tuesday 24 October 2017

Eoghan Harris: 'A federal Europe would be a step on the right path'

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

SUNDAY: The first John Ford festival finishes with Se Merry Doyle's documentary Dreaming the Quiet Man. In four days it laid down a firm foundation by taking the films of John Ford seriously. Naturally there has to be a nay-sayer.

Predictably it was Ken Loach. I say predictably because when my wife Gwen looked up from The Ticket and asked me to guess whether Loach liked Ford films, I replied promptly: Loach no like.

In the course of a soft profile by Donald Clarke, Loach began with a confession of cinematic bigotry. "I never was interested in American cinema. The ideology does not appeal to me. It's all to do with the lone gunman who will sort things out." As against the collective sorting it out.

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