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The revolutionists in both Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday are depicted as being the underdogs oppressed by the tyranny and might of the British.

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THE PORTRAYAL OF REVOLUTIONISTS IN MICHAEL COLLINS AND BLOODY SUNDAY Submitted By: Harsharn Gill Date of Submission: 2010-03-01 Course Instructor's Name: Gillian Helfield TA's Name: Susan Murray Student #: 209729898 Course Code: FA/FILM 1701 Word Count: 992 The revolutionists in both Michael Collins and Bloody Sunday are depicted as being the "underdogs" oppressed by the tyranny and might of the British. A key distinction however, is that whereas in Michael Collins the revolutionists are portrayed as heroes striking back at their oppressors through violent means, in Bloody Sunday, the revolutionists are portrayed as being non-aggressors trying to trigger change through peaceful means. Regardless of method, the end result in both cases ends up being equally catastrophic. Beginning with Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionists are portrayed as noble and patriotic warriors who are mercied against British imperial forces. This is apparent in the beginning scenes of the movie where Michael Collins is in front of a huge crowd and tries to rally support for the revolution. ...read more.


This is apparent in the scene where he tells Harry, "I want peace so bad that I could die for it... I do not like to kill, I'd rather do it last and not first". (Michael Collins). Even though the argument could be made that Collins engaged in guerrilla tactics and also contributed towards the partition of Ireland, the film attempts to justify that his ultimate goal still was for Ireland to break free from the shackles of Britain and attain freedom. Thus, the film is convincing in depicting both the viciousness and sensitivity of Collins' nature, turning him into the central figure of an almost-Shakespearean tragedy. Moving forward, in Bloody Sunday there is no mythical or romanticized elements like the ones we encountered in Michael Collins. The ominous clouds, lack of sunshine, muddy fields, all represent a break from the past and contribute to a more modern setting. The film details events over a 24 hour period, preceding and following the massacre, thus gives the illusion it is being shot in "real" time as opposed to "reel" time, which is also often distorted (Helfield, Gillian. ...read more.


Still, these acts pale in comparison to the genuine lust for violence manifest amongst the British soldiers who disobey orders and open fire on the unarmed civilians and at the same time, brag over their exploits. The revolutionist leading the march, Ivan Cooper played by James Nesbitt, is portrayed as a sort of Martin Luther King type figure seeking to advance civil interests through peaceful means. To his chagrin, he is met with force and this is particularly where the film is convincing in its justifications for explaining the causes of both sides. Near the end we see army officials being questioned about the incident with all of their statements being false but still taken as being authentic. Moreover they are lauded as heroes and none of them are reprimanded. Thus, the film Bloody Sunday, does a remarkable job in justifying the revolutionists as being peaceful and victims in this case. In the case of the British however, the film seemingly attempts to justify their actions as being driven by a historical hatred and oppression of what it deems as an inferior colony. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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