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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cine Beaverhausen Visits Brooklyn

As I'm a Brooklynite and half Irish by heritage, I especially enjoyed watching Brooklyn, a recent film release.

My great-grandmother came to America by boat during the potato famine in Ireland. So, for me, this was a great re-imagining of the trans-Atlantic experience.

Directed by John Crowley, the movie stars Saoirse Ronan as the Irish lass who comes to the USA. Her adventures seem very realistic. Nick Hornby wrote the script from a novel by Colm Tolbin and it is superb.

Ms Ronan's character lands here and falls in love with an Italian boy, News from home takes her away from him, so there is the plot tension. New York City's great "melting pot" is profiled, and it's part of what made it so fantastic.

Great-grandma from Ireland with two daughters & grand-daughters
My great-grandma (grandmother's mom) lived with us when I was very young. She died at age 100. She told us that when she arrived from Ireland at the turn of the century, she had never seen an African-American. So when a worker at Grand Central kindly helped her with her bags, she stared at him and said "Mister, I think you were out in the sun too long!" He just laughed and told her that this was the normal shade of his skin. She apologized but realized she was somewhere very different indeed.

Highly recommended as a timeless love story. Don't miss this one! An expertly done modern classic.

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