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Movie Review: The Irish Pub

Good Morning Folks,

I’m not a big fan of movies, I don’t know why.  I maybe see 2 or 3 a year. I am, however, a big fan of the Irish and of Ireland.  So when my friends John and Glynis recommended this documentary, I gave it a go.

The Film: The Irish Pub

The Film Writer/Director: Alex Fegan

 3 Sentence Summary:

 1) The Irish pub, which is short for Public House, an institution found all over Ireland, plays a crucial role in most communities cultural and social Life.

 2) The Pub, in addition to serving adult beverages, often is the grocery store, hardware store and undertaker’s headquarters.

 3) The traditional Pub is fighting to maintain its novelty and cultural significance in the face of technological advances and infinite choices by consumers.

Review: This documentary is charming and loaded with great Irish characters.  The pub owners, and occasionally the patrons, are interviewed while standing in the ready position behind the bar, telling stories of other Irish characters.  The gift of oral tradition creeps in at every corner and the brogues are often so pronounced that subtitles are necessary.  The constant fight to keep the pub a place for conversation, a place free from technology, requires vigilance!  Only live music and storytelling or poetry or whatever can be performed live. There is a much that could and should be adopted from this practice, in my not so humble opinion.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this film.  The charm is undeniable. Watch it on a rainy day, it will enhance the experience.

Cheers

ks

 

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