Michael Collins

Dir: Neil Jordan

DoP: Chris Menges

Year: 1996

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Things To Consider

  • Neil Jordan’s stylish take on Irish history plays with expectations in some really interesting ways. However we envision early 20th century Dublin it probably doesn’t look as stylish, as “Hollywood” as Jordan and Menges present here.
  • Silhouettes abound, as men in long coats and hats meet in dark foggy streets. It’s clear that Michael Collins’ roots are in the Hollywood noir and gangster films of the 30’s and 40’s. But Jordan manages to even slip in references to Jules and Jim in how he depicts the love triangle at the heart of the story.
  • The film is blue, very blue, take a look at this set of stills and see how seldom we see green, a colour that is of course highly tied to Ireland. You would be forgiven for thinking that the lack of green is purposeful move by Jordan, an attempt to show us an Ireland we haven’t considered before.

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