DVD – The General

DVD - The General

The General

               Genre: Drama, Crime, Biography
               Gangster, IRA, Dublin, Martin Cahill, art theft, Alibi
  Raised as the son of a large family in a slum in the south of Dublin, the young Martin Cahill (Eamonn Owens) advances to a clever thief, who supplied his men with food and the neighborhood – until one day he is caught by the police. As punishment awaits him unrefreshing stay in a ruthlessly strict reform school run by Catholic priests, where the anarchistic, rebellious and clever boy to defend against sexual harassment must be set. Once at liberty to Martin developed a resistant individual whose commitment to social policy and criminal career soon move as a legendary reputation as bitter enemies for themselves.

After the biographical book The General of the Irish journalist and writer Paul Williams was the Fim-General by John Boorman in 1998, of a very unconventional way the lives of notorious gangsters and political actor Martin Cahill (as an adult: Brendan Gleeson) traces. First filmed in color and subsequently reduced to a haunting black and white biopic this is the most expressive portrait of a complex man, who is heading for a time as the “General” the underworld of Dublin – until he not only police but also by the IRA so powerful in the way is that he is finally murdered in cold blood.

awarded at the International Cannes Film Festival as Best Director John Boorman succeeds in his idiosyncratic way of filmmaking, the facets of Martin Cahill as liebervoller family man, staunch activist and ungracious Gangster boss with impressive immediacy and share in the scene. Similarly, reluctantly, as conquering hero honored unobliging anti-hero character of this impassable respect of allies and enemies can not be modified because of his sustained refusal to span the front of the cart of any ideology or group – which it is ultimately fatal.

Although director and screenwriter, John Boorman (Excalibur, 1981, Hope and Glory / Hope and Glory, 1987, Beyond Rangoon / Yangon – At the heart of the storm, 1995) strikes sometimes slightly pathetic tones, focuses General but in general, with meticulous, differentiated on the development of his straightforwardness extremist, at times seeming almost pathologically Protagonist between tenderness, brutality and disruption. The stark and deeply moving emotional imagery is accompanied by atmospheric grooves of the Dublin musical composer and saxophonist Richie Buckley, who staged this successful film a melancholy quite unique component to give.

(Mary Anderson)

Title: The General Original Title: The General Country of production: Ireland, Great Britain Year of production: 1998 Length: (# ) 119 (Min) Published by:

DVD - The General

format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, English, German ( #) EAN: 4006680052168 Extras: booklet with lyrics for the film, trailers

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