In Memoriam: Peter Lennon

Posted by Richard Brody at The Front Row

On Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, I offered a tweet to remind readers (as I have in years past) of Peter Lennon’s great 1968 documentary “Rocky Road to Dublin,” about the narrow religious and political dogmas that Ireland imposed on its citizens and on some of the charming manifestations of those settled ways. It’s fierce yet tender, rationally and practically progressive, yet nostalgic in advance for the sweetness that would be lost along with the old habits. On Saturday, I heard, via Twitter, from Paul Duane (who directed, among many other films, “The Making of ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ ”), that Lennon had just died. He was eighty-one years old.

“Rocky Road to Dublin” is the only film that Lennon made. He was the Paris correspondent for the Guardian when he was inspired to go home and make the film—with the participation of the great French cameraman Raoul Coutard.

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