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Liaim Clancy: Video & DVD


A Hungry Feeling: The Life and Death of Brendan Behan
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  • A Hungry Feeling: The Life and Death of Brendan Behan
    • 1985 - Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films

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Synopsis: Brendan Behan (1923-1964) was, among other things, a drunkard, an IRA activist, a public nuisance, and an ex-con. He once approached a group of shoppers standing in line and begged money from them, saying he had ten children at home to feed. What he didn't say is that he wanted the money so that he could get good and drunk and forget about his children for a while. Offsetting that, if anything can, is the fact that he became a worldwide celebrity for his literary works, including several plays (The Quare Fellow, The Hostage), his autobiography (The Borstal Boy) and many poems and short stories. This respectful but unflinching documentary interviews family members and associates (he had few friends) to portray the life of this driven, self-absorbed man. — Clarke Fountain


  • Credits
    • Narrator & Song Performer: Liam Clancy
    • Producer & Director: Allan Miller
    • Executive Producer: Walter Scheuer
    • Post-production Manager: Donald Klocek
    • Production Coordinator: Kathryn Quinn
    • Director of Photography: Don Lenzer
    • Editor: Tom Heneke
    • Assistant Editor: Donald Klocek
    • Cinematographer: Don Lenzer
    • Presented by the Four Oaks Foundation in association with the Harmony Film Group and Symphony Space

New York Times Review
By WALTER GOODMAN
Published: April 28, 1988

Brendan Behan's life can be divided into three parts: his youthful years in an English jail for his activities in behalf of the Irish Republican Army; his writing, drawn largely from his experiences as a prisoner, and his prodigious boozing, which resulted in his death in 1963 at the age of 41. "A Hungry Feeling," Allan Miller's affecting documentary, which opens at Film Forum 1 today, tells his story through the people who knew him best — wife, brothers, I.R.A. comrades and fellow drinkers in the Dublin pubs, where he seemed most at home. We learn from his mother that it was his grandmother who gave him his first sip of stout.

Their recollections, interrupted now and then for an old I.R.A. battle song, are accompanied by dramatized excerpts from the three works that brought Behan international fame in the 1950's — the autobiographical "Borstal Boy," "The Quare Fellow" and "The Hostage" — and by newsreel clips of the writer holding forth (usually while holding a glass) and being carted off to jail after barroom rows. A brother recalls, "He got a great kick out of putting policemen's heads through Trinity College fence."

"Brendan was a theater himself," says Joan Littlewood, who first produced his plays, and indeed, he comes through as something of a stage Irishman who talked, sang and drank more than the men twice his size with whom he was wont to get into fights. Yet the glimpses of his writing, full of humor, humanity and rich prose, remind us of how big a talent lay behind the blather and the binges.

In all his works, Behan's heart and his pen went out equally to captors and captives, whom he saw as joined by common human sympathies. His success seems to have had a more destructive effect than jail. As though mocking his own celebrity, he appeared on television interviews both in Britain and the United States in a state of near stupefaction, flustering such veteran interviewers as Malcolm Muggeridge and Edward R. Murrow.

"A Hungry Feeling" is an affectionate look that does not gloss over its subject's weaknesses. One of Behan's old pals pictures him as a shy man who needed people but could not approach them without alcohol. As though warning against such pat interpretations, however, the Borstal boy himself tells a prison official, "I haven't any inhibitions, and my complexes are all in order." His long-suffering wife, Beatrice, sums up his final years: "Between his drinking and his talking, there was little left for anything else." That, this illuminating work confirms, was his tragedy and our loss. Surviving Jail But Not Success A HUNGRY FEELING: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BRENDAN BEHAN directed and produced by Allan Miller; photography by Don Lenzer; edited by Tom Haneke; narrated and songs sung by Liam Clancy; distributed by Frist Run Features. At Film Forum 1, 57 Watts Street. Running time: 85 minutes. This film has no rating.


  • Notes
    • I have hunted high and low for this documentary, and above is pretty much all the information I could find.
    • Appartently, VHS copies of this film do exist.

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In Close Up: Volume One
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  • In Close Up: Volume One
    • 1991 - [?] VHS (out of print)
  • Live At The Olympia (1992)
    • 2007 - LCDVD1 DVD
      • Volumes One & Two of In Close Up

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  • The Selections:
    1. Ballad Of St. Anne's Reel (David Mallett)
    2. Shoals Of Herring (Ewan MacColl)
    3. Loch Tay Boat Song
    4. 200 Year Old Alcoholic (Liam Clancy)
    5. Jigs
    6. Red Is The Rose
    7. Place In The Choir (Bill Staines)
    8. The Dutchman (Michael Smith)
    9. Irish Rover
    10. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle)

See Volune Two for credits …

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In Close Up: Volume Two
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  • In Close Up: Volume Two
    • 1991 - [?] VHS (out of print)
  • Live At The Olympia (1992)
    • 2007 - LCDVD1 DVD
      • Volumes One & Two of In Close Up

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  • The Selections:
    1. The Highwayman (Jim Webb)
    2. Yarmouth Town (Arranged & Adapted by Liam Clancy)
    3. Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
    4. Planter Daughter (Austin Clarke)
    5. An Eireann Ni Neosiinn Ce Hi (Arranged and Adapted by Liam Clancy)
    6. Jigs (Traditional)
    7. When You Are Old (William Butler Yeats)
    8. Roseville Fair (Bill Staines)
    9. Pegasus (Patrick Kavenagh)
    10. Freeborn Man (Ewan MacColl)
    11. The Garden-Song (David Mallet)
    12. Children After Rain (Paul Grant & Paul Fosken)
    13. Those Were The Days (Gene Raskin)
    14. Journey's End (Judy Goodenough)

  • Liam Clancy & His Fairweather Band
    • Martin Murray: Fiddle, Mandola and Bodhrán
    • Geraldine Dunne: Cello
    • Paul Girant: Guitar
    • Declan Masterson: Pipes, Keyboards, Whistle and Flute
    • Liam Clancy: Concertina, Harmonica, Guitar and Bodhrán
  • Credits
    • Produced by Patrick Barron, Anner Communications, Dublin Ireland
    • Sound Mix: Martin Murray, Beau St. Studios, Waterford, Ireland
    • Filmed at Olympia Theatre, Dublin
    • Photograph by Eban Clancy
    • Artwork by Tim Berry
    • Mastered by Gerry Putnam
    • Mastered at Cedar House Studio, New London, NH
    • A Clanbarron Production © 1991 LIAM CLANCY

Sleeve Notes

This is the second of a two volume set of video recordings capturing folk balladeer Liam Clancy and his talented band of musicians live at Dublin's Olympia Theatre in 1991 for two wonderful evenings of song, music and poetry.

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Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
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  • Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
    • 2005 - Paramount 31054 DVD

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The two-part film includes never-seen performance footage and interviews with artists and musicians whose lives intertwined with Dylan’s during that time. For the first time on camera, Dylan talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career.

In addition to being interviewed, Liam Clancy sings "Girl from the North Country".


  • Credits
    • Directed by Martin Scorsese
    • Cast: Al Kooper, Artie Mogull, Bob Dylan, Bob Johnston, Bob Neuwirth, Bruce Langhorne, Carolyn Hester, Christopher Ricks, D.A. Pennebaker, Dick Kangas, Greil Marcus, Harold Leventhal, Izzy Young, Joan Baez, John Cohen, John Hammond, Lamar Fike, Liam Clancy, Manny Roth, Maria Muldaur, Mark Spoelstra, Mavis Staples, Mickey Jones, Mitch Miller, Paul Nelson, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Roy Silver, Sean Wilentz, Suze Rotolo & Tony Glover
    • DVD features: This two-disc set of Scorsese's full two-part documentary includes treats such as Dylan working on a song at his hotel during the UK tour as well as performing several songs as in concert or on TV.

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Live At The Bitter End New York - Liam Clancy & Friends
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  • Live At The Bitter End New York - Liam Clancy & Friends
    • 2008 - LCDVD2 DVD

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  • Track List:
    1. Motherless Child — Odetta
    2. The Planter's Daughter — Liam
    3. Ar Eirinni Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi — Liam
    4. Kelly The Boy From Killane — Liam
    5. Roberta — Odetta
    6. Follow On — Liam
    7. Slipknot
    8. Those Were The Days — Liam
    9. I Heard The Angles Singing — Eric Bibb
    10. Santy Anno — Liam
    11. The Last Thing On My Mind — Tom Paxton
    12. Comedians And Angels
    13. The Ballad Of Jack Dolan — Liam
    14. Requiem For The Croppies — Liam
    15. Aghadoe — Liam
    16. Evening Sun
    17. The Borad Majestic Shannon — Liam and Shane McGowan
    18. Dirty Old Town — Liam and Shane McGowan
    19. The Parting Glass — Liam
    20. Something Inside So Strong — Odetta
    21. The Irish Rover — Liam and Shane McGowan
    22. Waltzing Matilda — Liam

  • Musicians
    • Liam Clancy: Vocals, Guitar & Concertina
    • Eric Bibb: Guitar & Vocals
    • Diare Bracken: Fiddle & Vocals
    • Dónal Clancy: Guitar & Vocals
    • Mary Rafferty: Accordion
    • Tom Doorley: Flute & Vocals
    • Kevin Evans: Guitar, Banjo & Vocals
    • Seth Faber: Piano
    • Paul Grant: Guitar & Vocals
    • Gemma Hayes: Guitar & Vocals
    • Shane MacGowan: Vocals
    • Odetta: Vocals
    • Tom Paxton: Guitar & Vocals
    • Fionn Regan: Guitar & Vocals
  • Credits
    • Director: Alan Gilsenan
    • Producer: Anna Rodgers
    • Executive Producer: John Murray
    • Line Producer: Siobhaín Ward
    • Director Of Photography: Richard Kendrick
    • Editor: Oliver Fallen

Notes

Specially staged and filmed before an invited audience at the legendary Bitter End club, this concert is a rare and intimate portrait of one of the greatest ballad singers of our time. Liam Clancy is joined on stage for a number of remarkable performances by Odetta, Tom Paxton, Shane McGowan, Eric Bibb, Fiona Regan and Gemma Hayes.

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The Yellow Bittern
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  • The Yellow Bittern
    • 2009 - EPDDVD13 2DVD

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This intimate, confessional and highly cinematic documentary film charts the remarkable rise to fame of these devil-may-care Irish singers, from their small-town beginnings in County Tipperary in Ireland to the folk hey-day of Greenwich Village in the Sixties where they played for JFK and out-sold the Beatles.

Featuring exclusive footage, interviews and additional performances from the man Bob Dylan called "the best ballad singer I ever heard in my whole life. Still is, probably".


  • Credits
    • Director: Alan Gilsenan
    • Producers: John Murray, Anna Rodgers
    • Extras:
      • Film Trailer
      • Interviews
      • Additional Performances including "Those Were The Days" from the White Horse Tavern, New York and "Brennan On The Moor"
      • Liam at home with friends

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