Barry O'Brien as Robert Emmet
The black & white, silent film came in five reels, and starred Irish actor Barry O'Brien as Robert Emmet, along with other Irish actors and actresses of the day. The film was written, directed and produced by WalterMacNamara, and issued in the
on September 22, 1914. USA
Here is a full synopsis of Ireland a Nation on Trinity College's Irish Film and TV Research Online project.
"Large audiences, in which were included many prominent Irish-Americans of the city, enthusiastically greeted the pictures," the Globe wrote. Prior to the filming, the Emerald Quartet provided live music, and "moving pictures of Cardinal O'Connell, Governor (David I.) Walsh and Mayor (James Michael) Curley were then presented."
The British Government banned the film in
because of it’s nationalistic sentiments.
It was finally released in Ireland on January 8, 1917. Ireland
The National Theatre of Boston was located at 533 Tremont Street in Boston's South End, just next to where Boston Center for the Arts is today.