This month, the Irish Film Institute, Dublin is showing a once-banned 1968 film about a Dublin Casanova. There is also the return of a festival hit documentary on Roger Corman, and free Archive at Lunchtime screenings celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge.
This month’s From the Vaults screening of Paddy on St. Patrick’s Day at 4pm features Des Cave as an amorous Dublin butcher boy who spends most of his time seducing women including well-heeled widow Mrs. Kearney (Maureen Toal) and sweet girl Maureen (Dearbhla Molloy).
But there is always time for swilling pints in Mulligan’s with his good friend Harry (Milo O’Shea). Based on Lee Dunne's novel Goodbye to the Hill, the film was banned in 1968 because of its sexual frankness. Since the IFI acquired a print in 2006, it has been reclassified, this time as a 12A.
Paddy was also an early appearance from B-movie legend Roger Corman who produced the film. Corman’s later, more extensive involvement in the Irish film industry is now recorded in Brian Reddin’s documentary, It Came From Connemara!! which screens as this month’s Ireland on Sunday film on March 15 at 1pm.
A big success at the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival in 2014, It Came From Connemara!! chronicles the story of Corman’s studio in Galway where, in the course of the 1990s, he made over 20 films, with titles such as Bloodfist VII, Spacejacked and A Very Unlucky Leprechaun.
IFI Family on March 15 at 11am brings The Race back to the cinema screen in association with St. Patrick’s Festival. This warm-hearted and humorous film from 2009 tells the story of 11-year-old Mary who dreams of being a racing driver, despite the opposition of her parents - played by Colm Meany and Susan Lynch - and the local community.
IFI Archive at Lunchtime celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge all through the month with two free lunchtimes programmes of Irish language shorts from the IFI Irish Film Archive screening on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a double bill on Saturdays.
March’s shorts include Amharc Éireann newsreel on Gael Linn’s efforts promoting the Irish language (1959-‘64), a British film exploring Gael Linn’s efforts to stem the flow of emigration from Gaeltacht areas (1963).
Louis Marcus’s vivid panorama of Irish life, Pobal (1969) is seen through the lens of Bob Monks, to the tune of Séan Ó Riada’s rousing score.
For screening tickets, contact the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or www.ifi.ie.