Rocky Road to Dublin (1968)



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This documentary chronicles the changes Ireland has gone through since the political uprising of 1916. Dark shadows are cast on the Emerald Isle as social problems plague the Irish. The upper classes retain the austerity of the British aristocracy despised by all but the Orange Order, who are loyal to the crown. The church is an ever-present factor in the daily lives of the children, most who attend religious schools. Every subject of concern to the Irish is found in the pubs, a traditional meeting and drinking place for all. Informative commentary gives accurate historical reference to the past and present events that affect the people of Ireland. Ironically, the year after this film's release (1969) would see a return to the violence and social chaos that has long been a bloody part of Irish history. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Rocky Road to Dublin

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

What could have been a turning point was instead a footnote of Irish cinema, seen now to be a presciently accurate assessment of Ireland's turbulent national character at a pivotal time of transition.

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lennon's analysis is always lucid but only skims the surface, and Coutard appears more interested in people than politics.

Aug 19, 2006 | Full Review…
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This 1968 survey of Irish life remains noteworthy for its historical perspective, sardonic tone, lively structure and finely etched black and white cinematography.

Aug 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

If the film's cultural work is finished, its historical place will always be secure.

Aug 15, 2006

The idealistic Peter Lennon, a Paris-based Guardian journalist, films a deeply affectionate look at his homeland on his return home.

Mar 18, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

At times the film is a bit random and rambling, but these vignettes are an invaluable record of life in Ireland during the '60s, with the final images of children running through the streets a symbol of hope for an unfettered future.

May 10, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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