chapter  9
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From history to heritage

In the previous chapter, we saw how Irish historical narratives have dominated contemporary cinema, and that the view of the past most commonly proposed by these films has been one of trauma, which may or may not be overcome. The alternative to such works has been what I term here the Irish heritage film. This is a cycle of productions that is associated with the 1990s and has in common a nostalgic, edenic view of Ireland; such films are set primarily in the 1950s but also describe an Ireland of the present distinguishable by its ‘pastness’.