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The Quiet Man
Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !
Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, the beautiful spinster and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.
it's been 10 years or more since i last tried to watch this - and found it a garish mess of blatant stereotypes and macho posturing, condescending and far too sentimental. barry fitzgerald's character might as well be a leprechaun in this fairy tale place. certainly the charms of john wayne eluded me. but a dozen ford films and as many years later it's a completely different experience. the green world is a mythic plane - like monument valley or tombstone. the music spins a web of community - one whose rites the american doesn't understand. the duke's physical grace has rarely been so apparent as when he strides across the fields seething with barely contained rage after his bride…
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Yet it all looks so gay and joyous. In this film John Wayne plays an American, born in a small village in Ireland, that is returning to his birthplace. Upon arrival he sees and instantly falls for a stunningly red-headed Maureen O'Hara. Only her brother despises Wayne and won't allow her to be courted.
This is a movie about the customs and traditions of times gone past. It is also about ugly Americans and how we think that everything should function "our way". That is where the drama, and much of the humor, is found in this film.
For a John Ford directed film, I found this to be a…
This is probably the Ford film which has taken me the longest to get around to - I've always been aware of it's subtext and critique, but it never fully clicked with me until now. Maybe it was the poor quality of previous home video versions of the movie, coupled with the jarring jump to this new one. But under this viewing I found it to be among one of Ford's most complex and audacious films - more than mere Irish "blarney," this is another film on issues of representation, and if it is not quite as successful as something like Fort Apache in this regard, it's merely because it's not as jarring, and dares to be entertaining at times…
Lush technicolor vistas and deeply warm sentiment, tempered by sly humor and taut sexual tension - and I'm left swooning, laughing, and heated up, all at once. In a word, irresistible.
(Note for the record: This is the film that has made me finally fall for John Wayne. I get it now.)
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This film was supposedly going to be John Ford's swan song. It wasn't, of course, but it has all the hallmarks of a director making a career-concluding highly personal film. Ford, of course, was born into an Irish immigrant family and given the birth name John Martin "Jack" Feeney. It had long been a dream of his to do a film in Ireland. In fact, he bought the rights to the short story that inspired this film, Maurice Walsh's "The Green Rushes," back in 1933, but war in Europe made it impossible to get backing or the opportunity to shoot on location.
It was only after the successful release of "Rio Grande" for…
Don't know what's mistier in this film: the Irish hills or Ford's eyes, yet even this double scoop of sentiment has a careful study of community that almost lends reality to what would otherwise be the Irish equivalent of Brigadoon. Ford may be in love with Eire, but he also tempers that with the realities that pierced the subjectivity of his own visits. The communal spectatorship of individual life feels as suffocating as quaint, as does the manner in which men drink and scuffle to create and maintain bonds. More importantly, though, Maureen O'Hara's hair is why Technicolor had to be invented.
Fucking gorgeous, populated with live-action cartoon Irish characters, but coming from such an incredibly obvious place of love that I just don't care. John Ford's funniest film, possibly his most enjoyable, easily his most erotic (Maureen O'Hara pawing at John Wayne's soaking wet pecs is a moment burned into my memory). And the climactic fight scene is a glorious bit of over-the-top fluff and nonsense.
One of John Ford's most popular films--but fearfully Irish and green and hearty. John Wayne plays an American prizefighter who returns to Ireland and courts a ripe, fiery beauty, Maureen O'Hara. In the best scene, on the morning after the wedding, the fighter's driver (Barry Fitzgerald) comes in through the smashed bedroom door and looks at the broken-down bed, and says something indecipherable that sounds like "Impetuous! Homeric!" There's a big brawl between Wayne and Victor McLaglen, who plays the bride's brother; with Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford, Arthur Shields, Jack MacGowran, Sean McClory, May Craig, Mae Marsh, Ken Curtis as the ballad singer, and four of Wayne's children. From Maurice Walsh's short story "Green Rushes," adapted by Frank S. Nugent. Produced by Ford and Merian C. Cooper. Filmed in Ireland and at Republic Pictures.
One of my favorite John Ford films to date. The Quiet Man is a simple love story set within the beautiful western reaches of Ireland. There are some issues relating to 1950's misogyny, especially given O'Hara's motivations in "rejecting" Wayne. However, these can be forgiven in the air of "Irish" culture.
What is fascinating is how fun this romp remains to this day. It's a perfect little tale of finding love and family within this countryside. The humor works very well and the cast is a beautifully constructed ensemble of characters. Ford uses his gaze for the beauty of landscapes to recreate frolicking Gainsborough-esque scenes in the Irish countryside. Everything remains so quaint in this idyllic town, and as I…
Not bad in anyway, but didn't come close to breaking into my favorite Ford and/or Wayne films.
If the whole film had been like the memory sequence, I'd be writing a 5 star review right now.
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Highly recommended. Check out my full review here: mattslifeinfilm.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/john-ford-feature-8-the-quiet-man-1952/
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