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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.


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


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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My Journey through this documentary
23 April 2019 | by yamu_mesSee all my reviews

A documentary that I first caught on my a flight back home and at a point where my emotions ruled my mind.......not that things have changed. When you analyse on things one likes, and that which instantly connects with you from within, just makes you understand yourself better. After all we in our lifetime if you carefully think can connect to very few things from our deep heart.

Not that to start with I was a big fan of WB Yeats, now may be I am. More that i love the way Bob Geldof has understood the Poet and made this filmatic poetry. For a poet to be remembered like this is worth the pain that might have led him to write. What connects with me is a poet being remembered as who gave an identity to a country. A poet and a nationalist, what a contradicting combination just the way my personal interests go. I have a new-found respect for him and his work, knowing that he worked to give an identity to a country.

Fanatic hearts are we, who with our imperfections still romanticize everything in and around us ....... words, feelings, the abstract or even a nation.

Geldof weaves it magically in quotes that just touches me deep within

Dying is easy, staying alive is hard Death is inevitable not radical You can die for a cause, but live for a reason Man who wrote some of the greatest love poems imagined, did not understand what love was Being Irish in the English Language Great families are better than governments Nailing his Nationalism to the mast Mad Ireland hurt you into Poetry That's Yeats country Everything begins in Yeats and everything ends in Yeats for Irish Identity Yeats is in our(Irish) DNA A Permanent Adolescent

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