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    Anybody see it last night? I was more sober than usual for a crimbo and watched it, a truly fantastic documentary.

    I can't now get the image of Fr. Michael Cleary (the original fr. Trendy) shaking his hips and serenading a hospital ward out of my head. Truly a priceless, yet somehow tragic, moment in cinema history.

    Did anyone else give it a gander? and what are their thoughts

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    I didn't like the one they showed before it, the children of eire, the guy had strange opinions
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekOwens
    Anybody see it last night? I was more sober than usual for a crimbo and watched it, a truly fantastic documentary.

    I can't now get the image of Fr. Michael Cleary (the original fr. Trendy) shaking his hips and serenading a hospital ward out of my head. Truly a priceless, yet somehow tragic, moment in cinema history.
    I must admit the irony of him saying he'd like to have a family but... was what struck me. That said, I am opposed to this celibacy crap anyway. As a person that has been involuntarily celibate for 23 years, the thought of someone actually agreeing not to put their ding in someone's dong is abhorrent to me. I thought that fella from th cesorship board came a cross as a bit of a tool. Then again it was the 60s and he was in his 70s at least, so I guess his views were understandable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOD
    Quote Originally Posted by DerekOwens
    Anybody see it last night? I was more sober than usual for a crimbo and watched it, a truly fantastic documentary.

    I can't now get the image of Fr. Michael Cleary (the original fr. Trendy) shaking his hips and serenading a hospital ward out of my head. Truly a priceless, yet somehow tragic, moment in cinema history.
    I must admit the irony of him saying he'd like to have a family but... was what struck me. That said, I am opposed to this celibacy crap anyway. As a person that has been involuntarily celibate for 23 years, the thought of someone actually agreeing not to put their ding in someone's dong is abhorrent to me. I thought that fella from th cesorship board came a cross as a bit of a tool. Then again it was the 60s and he was in his 70s at least, so I guess his views were understandable.
    I saw all but the first 20 minutes of it. Must say I was not impressed really. I mean the filmmaker really just focused on certain themes that were important to him and thus gave a very narrow view of Ireland at the time.

    Father Cleary did indeed come across a rather tragic figure who was trying to reconcile his attachment to the Church with his sexual nature as a man. That it was ultimately more than he could handle shouldn't detract from his good works and deeds - we are all human after all.

    To me as someone who was a young man at the time it did reflect a certain angle on the Country then but by no means the only one. Ireland was changing rapidly and everyone could see it. Some were happy with that and some were not. Possibly the image that struck me the most was the women going to mass in mini skirts - something that just would not have happened 10 years before that!

    The old man in the pub was very eloquent. His comments on Religion and the modern worlds’ rejection of moral values have resonance today.

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    I finally got around to watching this 1968 documentary.

    Fascinating.

    45 years later, I believe very little has changed for the better.




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