The Informer (1935)
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Waterville Opera House
1 Common St., Waterville, Maine
“The Informer is forcefully and intelligently written, directed and acted. The story by Liam O'Flaherty deals with the Irish rebellion against British authority prior to 1922, when the Irish Free State's creation finally removed the hated symbols of British domination” - Variety. “The Informer won Oscars for best direction, script (Dudley Nichols), music (Max Steiner) and acting (Victor McLaglen); [it’s among] Ford’s finest works for its status as a Hollywood art film…through expressionistic visuals, symbolic touches, and a downbeat story centred on the figure of a man who informs on a fellow-Republican and then goes inexorably to pieces. It was a box-office draw at the time, though not in Ireland: the censors found its image of the nation unacceptable, despite the fact that Ford and Nichols had shifted the period back from the Civil War of O’Flaherty’s novel to the less controversial territory of the War of Independence” - Irish Film Institute.