Sunday, March 14, 2010

A few film suggestions for St. Patrick's Day!

Here are 5 great movies to enjoy on Saint Patrick's Day:

5. The Secret of Roan Inish is an independent film based on the Irish legend of the selkie (a mythical creature that can take both the form of a seal and of a human being). The movie tells the story of a young girl who discovers the role selkies have played in her family for generations. The movie was filmed in Ireland and is most noted for its breathtaking cinematography.

4. The Seventh Stream is a 2001 Hallmark Hall of Fame production starring Scott Glenn and Saffron Burrows. Filmed on location in Ireland, the movie tells a highly romantic story about an Irishman who rescues and, later, falls in love with a selkie (no kidding; this one really is romantic. It's not just sappy like a lot of other Hallmark movies!).

3. St. Patrick: The Irish Legend was, once again, filmed in Ireland. It tells the true story about how, after escaping from the man who held him as a slave, St. Patrick returned to convert the heathens of Ireland. Starring Patrick Bergin, Susannah York, Malcolm McDowell, and Alan Bates.

2. Waking Ned Devine is a side-splitting comedy about the people of an Irish village who decide to claim the lottery winnings of an old man who dropped dead from the shock of winning. Filmed on location in Ireland, this movie has beautiful cinematography and an absolutely fantastic soundtrack. (Interesting note: This movie also stars the beautiful Susan Lynch who had earlier played the extremely small role of the Selkie in The Secret of Roan Inish.)

1. The Quiet Man is a lavish John Ford production starring the immortal team of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara (this was a rather strange character change for Wayne who was starring mostly in Westerns at the time). The movie tells the touching story of an American boxer who, after accidently killing his opponent, retreats to Ireland and struggles to understand the ancient culture. Victor McLaglen and the adorable Barry Fitzgerald co-star. Not surprisingly, the production won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and John Ford won Best Director


Dianne said...

all excellent films
I adore Maureen O'Hara :)

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hi Dianne! One of my favorite actresses of the hundreds! ;)

Anonymous said...

Waking Ned Divine is hysterical. My favorite!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Petra! K.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hi K.! Wholeheartedly agree! Of the many sweet Irish films, Waking Ned Divine is wickidly funny! :))

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well, K.! :))

jay said...

Waking Ned (as it's known over here) is one of the all-time greats. I LOVE David Kelly - he is just so full of charisma! And to see him naked on a motorcycle ... OMG!! ROFL!!

But most of it was filmed at Cregneash on the Isle of Man, I believe! It was thought to be more unspoiled than Ireland - and the geography is the same, being just across a few miles of water.

ChaChaneen said...

I'm going to have to rent Walking Ned Divine, I like a side splitting laughter movie!