This afternoon, in our latest Virtual Sibin, we will be discussing the cultural phenomenon known worldwide as, simply, The Pub. I find myself recalling many memorable scenes in classic films, Irish or otherwise, set in pubs. Immediately coming to mind is the scene in "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" when protagonists Damien and Teddy O'Donovan and comrades from the local IRA battalion open fire on British soldiers who, foolishly, felt safe in the warmth and congeniality of 'the local.' The British paid a stiff price!
Right, IRA men open fire on British soldiers trying to unwind in a pub in Cork, during 'The Tan War," from Ken Loach's Palme D'Or winning film "The Wild That Shakes the Barley."
So we ask, what scenes, in what films, helped provide you that literal or artistic truth that made for an outstanding film-viewing experience?
The bar scenes in The Quiet Man.
Can you set up those scenes for us, anyone?
OK, here's my bit: One of my favorite movies, Brendan Gleeson's , The Guard, has several scenes set in pubs. I like the one where Gleeson's character takes his mom to a pub for a drink and to hear a little music, in what is to be her last outing (the very next scene, if I recall, is him taking her belongings from her room after she has died).
I haven't seen Richard Harris's The Field for quite a few years, but remember there was a lively scene involving some music and dancing in a pub.
There are some great bar scenes in the 1990s comedy The Snapper, about a young girl who gets pregnant and won't name the father. Good going, Sharon Curley!!