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"The Butcher Boy" is perhaps the finest film to have come out of Ireland. Although it marks a clear break with the more banal canons of realism, it is nonetheless the most realistic of Irish films. It engages with the society and culture of modern Ireland with a wit and ferocity that denies the viewer any easy moral position. Cinema is often thought of as a purely visual art, but this film is adapted from a groundbreaking novel by a filmmaker who is himself a writer of prose fiction. In this present study, Colin MacCabe examines the process by which fiction becomes film, and writing becomes image.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859182864
ISBN-10: 1859182860
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 135mm x 6mm)
Pages: 100
Imprint: Cork University Press
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2007
Country of Publication: Ireland


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Author Biography - Colin McCabe

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Professor of English and Humanities at Birkbeck,Universty of London. His books include T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word, Performance, The Eloquence of the Vulgar and Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy. He is currently producing films for Chris Marker and Isaac Julien. He is also Associate Director of the London Consortium and editor of Critical Quarterly

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