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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 4, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Memories of Michael Dwyer

    Hugh Linehan

    There are some great tributes on Donald’s blog to the memory of our friend Michael. They give some indication of the affection in which he was held, both by people who knew him personally and by his readers.

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    Also a very good piece by Gene Kerrigan in yesterday’s Sunday Indo: ‘His death at the age of 58 is shocking. Others will shrewdly review movies, some will enthusiastically interview actors and directors. No one will replace Michael’s unique mix of knowledge, judgement and — above all — his ability to convey his love and enthusiasm.’

    And some lovely tributes in today’s newspaper, like this from Brendan Gleeson: ‘He was parental in his nurturing of native talent, child-like in his wonder at the beautiful. On top of that he was a lovely man.’ and from Daniel Day-Lewis: ‘Since first as a child the love of films blossomed in him and became his life’s work, until the day he died, he has remained faithful to that love. ‘ And from Gabriel Byrne: ‘Michael was perceptive and objective, magnanimous and uncynical. He retained a passion and love of cinema from childhood which was contagious.’

    My article on Michael today is here. And funeral arrangements are here.

    • John O'Driscoll says:

      Sorry for your troubles Irish Times. My condolences on the loss of your Mr Dwyer.

    • Chris O'Connor says:

      Michael made a lot of sense regarding film for 25 + years, but his contribution was not surprising when one is aware of the “Cinema Parridiso” on Main St. Tralee, where he crafted his skill. This place, the Phoenix in Dingle and the Academy in Pearse St were the nurturing grounds that allowed him to fluorish. An entire generation of “quiet” film fans….traveled with and followed him.

    • Martin Nolan says:

      As an ‘ordinary’ filmgoer my only contact with Michael (apart from his wonderful writings) was when he hosted the Surprise Film at each years Dublin festival. While his enthusiasm was obvious, more delightful for me was the sense of fun he brought to the proceedings prior to the screening. As we all tried to guess what the film would be, he teased us with a ‘Butcher Boy’ coming out on an old delivery bike, false trailers and interviews. All the while having that magical twinkle in his eye.I still rave about seeing “The Usual Suspects” this way. Imagine seeing that film without knowing anything about its labyrinthine plot. Still ranks as my all time favourite viewing and after film discussion. Thanks Michael.


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