John Ford based his 1935 film The Informer, starring Victor McLaglen, on Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel of the same title.
The novel earned O’Flaherty far more critical acclaim than his previous fiction (which he thought was better); the film won four Academy Awards, including Best Director (Ford) and Best Actor (McLaglen), and has long been considered a classic motion picture.
Pat McCarthy, chair of the English Department at the University of Miami and editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement, will discuss O’Flaherty’s novel, its transformation into Ford’s movie, and their portrayals of Irish political conflict in the 1920s.
The presentation will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m., in the Upstairs Room of JohnMartin’s Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
All Celtic Cultural Series events are free and open to all. Ample parking is available on Miracle Mile and in the City Parking Garage behind JohnMartin’s, accessible from Aragon Avenue.
The Celtic Cultural Series is produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Inc. with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.