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A Vision: A Life of W.B. Yeats

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      Alan Gilsenan

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The life and work of W.B. Yeats holds a particular place in hearts and imaginations across the world. This film is a response to that vast body of work – a visual and avowedly experimental ‘film-poem’. Using solely the words of Yeats, we attempted to take the viewer on a cinematic journey into his extraordinary imagination – an unconventional biography of sorts.

Yet, beyond the poet’s popular profile and his cultural tourist caché, little is really known of his complex life, despite having articulated it so completely, so creatively. In so many ways, Yeats dreamt up his life. He fashioned his own majestic screenplay and we are – endlessly – the beneficiaries. (Notes by Alan Gilsenan.)

75 minutes, Ireland, 2013

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