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A Fanatic Heart: Geldof On Yeats (2016)

A biography of the poet W. B. Yeats and his contribution to the Irish independence movement as a Protestant nationalist.

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Gerry Hoban
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Credited cast:
John Boorman ... Himself
Roy Foster Roy Foster ... Himself
Stephen Fry ... Himself
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Richard E. Grant ... Himself
Van Morrison ... Himself
Liam Neeson ... Himself
Olivia O'Leary Olivia O'Leary ... Herself
Colm Tóibín Colm Tóibín ... Himself
Yeats. W.B. Yeats. W.B. ... Himself (archive footage)
Dominic West ... Himself
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Bob Geldof, examines the life and work of one of the 20th Century's greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, Yeat's brought about immense change in Ireland's struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Written by Geldof and Roy Foster, this incisive and moving documentary features readings by Bill Nighy, Van Morrison, Richard E. Grant, Colin Farrell, Bono, Edna O'Brien, Ardal O'Hanlon, Noel Gallagher and Liam Neeson.

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Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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If you want to learn about W.B. Yeats, this is the movie for you!
29 January 2019 | by Red-125See all my reviews

A Fanatic Heart: Geldof On Yeats (2016) was directed by Gerry Hoban.

Bob Geldof is quite a character. He's a musician, humanitarian, and political activist. He's also, obviously, a lover of W.B. Yeats' poetry. Geldof is the glue that holds this film together. He's basically our guide through the movie. However, he's in good company.

John Boorman, Stephen Fry, Van Morrison, and Liam Neeson all read Yeats' poems. (All but Morrison are very good at it, as is Geldof himself.)

I've just started to learn about W.B. Yeats, which I say with some embarrassment. He is one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century. He's considered the greatest Irish poet, which is saying something, because Ireland is a land where poetry is an important art form.

After you've seen this movie, you'll know more about the life of W.B. Yeats, and you will have heard many of his poems.

A Fanatic Heart was made for the small screen, so it works very well on DVD. This isn't a movie for everyone, but it's much better than the IMDb rating it has of 6.6. (Actually, only 16 people rated it, so the number of raters is too small to be meaningful.)

If you're interested in Ireland, Irish culture, and the poetry of W.B. Yeats, you should seek out this movie and see it. If Irish culture and poetry leave you cold, this isn't the film for you.


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