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Alan Parker RIP

Vengeful Glutton

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Director Alan Parker passed away today aged 76. Irish people will be very familiar with his treatment of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments. A popular movie in this country, it surely must now qualify as a historically significant artefact? Set in Dublin's inner city, during the 1980s, it tells the tale of young Jimmy Rabbitte's dreams of starting a soul band. Parker captured the youthful vibrance, colourful energy and distinct cultural idiosyncrasies of a city on the eve of crossing the Rubicon of globalisation. I'm not a fan of The Commitments, but the last time I watched it, Dublin, despite the urban decay, unemployment and crime, never seemed so delectably poignant; a time and a place gone forever.



A talented and accomplished auteur, Mr. Parker's movie portfolio includes a diverse range of movie genres:


















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It's definitely worth re-visiting The Commitments. As Blue Velvet has said, it is uniquely Irish. You can taste the meaty timbres of the inner city accents (they're a little bit exaggerated for movie purposes). Considering that he had a cast of unknowns, Parker did an excellent job making a fine movie. It does have a few flaws: the story isn't very demanding on the gray matter and some of the characters are cardboard cut outs, but it really does ooze 1980s Dublin - the howyas, Stary Horse? and various other coarse colloquies seem so quaint now. I think the word "banjaxed" is used once - last time I heard that word was back in the mid 80s!
 
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