Black '47

Black '47

DVD - 2019
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One man's ruthless pursuit of justice plays out against the darkest chapter of Irish history in this riveting revenge thriller. In 1847, battle-hardened soldier Feeney deserts the British army to return home to Ireland, where he finds his country ravaged beyond recognition by the Great Famine. When he discovers that his mother has died of starvation and his brother has been hanged by the British, something snaps, sending Feeney on a relentless quest to get even with the powers-that-be.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Mongrel Media,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE BLAC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Black forty-seven
Black 1847


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Mar 26, 2019

Despite its grim setting, or maybe even because of it, Black '47 is a gem. It's a period drama unlike others in its class (no flashy costumes, witty repartee, or ballrooms) that relays a horrific though oft-forgotten period in Irish history. That alone glued me to the screen, but the fine acting pushed it over the edge into noteworthiness. (Feeney's character was particularly compelling.) A good number of the cast were seasoned actors that I've seen in plenty of other film and TV productions, so they were fun to pick out. It's dark, it's heartless, but it's REAL, and I rooted for Feeney every brutal step of the way.

Mar 02, 2019

Very dark. Depressing movie about a depressing era. Very anti-British, particularly harsh on British aristocracy (I'm okay with that). My low rating is in large part about the subtitles. A little girl tells a long story in Gallic, but we aren't told what she says, women talk and the screen says "speaking in foreign language" but when the men talk we get every word translated. Are we still in the mindset that women and children can be seen but don't need to be heard? When are we going to see the end to blatant sexism?

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