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The Quiet Man
Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !
A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love.
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Did I mention Drunk?
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…
Listed among Films Nominated for Best Picture
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…
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.)
Now what else would I be watching on St. Patrick's Day?
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.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
A strange outing for John Ford if you ask me.
I've grown to admire Ford over the past couple of years. Along with his films being gorgeously shot (and this is certainly no exception), they all manage to tell great stories of characters facing conflicts they might not be ready for. Whether its the tragic The Informer, the sprawling drama The Grapes of Wrath, the exciting Stagecoach, or even the family epic drama How Green Was My Valley, his films are substantially rich.
Which is quite strange when you come to The Quiet Man, a hailed classic, and it's rather simply passable entertainment and that's it. The film is very funny, mainly due to…
One of Wayne's better performances, and Ford's conception of a few of these scenes (the boxing flashback in particular) is exceptional. It suffers from some of the same story/characterization faults as How Green Was My Valley in terms of the way it depicts rural life as simple and slightly daft. But you get the sense that Ford does this in earnest, out of some kind of longing for a simpler, closer-knit world, rather than as JUST poking fun. The gender politics are complicated and don't fully work today (there's a scene that is BASICALLY marital rape, except with a kiss instead of anything more) but were slightly progressive for the setting/time on screen (if not so much the era in…
Hopelessly misogynistic, but entertaining.
If you view it in the context of todays standards it could come off a bit sexist or stereotypical at times. But I think the film is meant to be an outsider's fantasy of life in Ireland so that seems less offensive in a lot of ways. Plus the film is older and a lot has changed since. O Hara and Wayne both give outstanding performances and the humor in the film had me chuckling consistently. A strange but welcome turn for director John Ford, who has yet to disappoint me all in all.
Impetuous! Homeric! - Very humorous for the most part. Beautifully shot, it looks modern. The jokes aren't modern, in the sense that they are sexist and racist, but it's a good thing I'm neither a woman nor Irish. Hope I can get around to watching more of Ford's non-westerns.
John Ford worked with John Wayne quite frequently throughout both of their careers. Their relationship could be likened to Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the sense that they were not only frequent collaborators, but also close friends. Despite Ford's constant nitpicking of the Duke, they remained close until Ford's death in 1973.
In the Quiet Man, Ford uses his famous shots of vast landscapes to capture a very compelling world. The hills of Ireland appear giant, green and vibrant in this 1952 technicolor classic. The film also includes a very compelling flashback sequence, which manages to capture some amazing shots of John Wayne in the ring as a boxer.
The supporting cast delights with their comical presence throughout…
Why is this movie called The Quiet Man when John Wayne never shuts the fuck up?
They should have called this movie The Quiet Shit. Because it's like someone taking a quiet shit on your head while you're sleeping.
First off, Wayne is a total creep and asshole in this film. When he meets Miss O'Hara, he walks right up to her and tries to help sprinkle holy water in her hand. Imagine anyone trying to do that to you, and how creepy that would be. She then runs off as if terrified (rightfully so), but then looks back at him because she basically fell in love at first sight. Fucking stupid.
I honestly found it a bit disturbing how…
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I wonder now, why a man would watch this movie? It's not something I'd pick out of a lineup of maybe 100 or so films, but not a complete waste of time. Great candy for the eyes, but perhaps a little long in the tooth. It's good to re-center oneself by watching different eras of cinema, however, and this is certainly a high point for the kind of observant mid-century story-telling that was going on. Love that most of it was on location, even if a lot of the actors still came off like they thought they were on stage.
Note: I had to watch with subtitles. I'm not as up on my Irish lingo as I could be.
Romances like these are gone.
After The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, I was in the mood for more John Ford/John Wayne when I saw this title on Netflix. The thing is, The Quiet Man is fundamentally different from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. While the latter is a complex, introspective look at a romanticized setting, this is a much more quaint picture that buys into simplistic notions. As such, this is a very corny film, one pretty light on plot too. Still, the film can be pretty entertaining. There's a certain charm to this goofy portrayal, John Wayne is pretty good here, and there's some really beautiful colour cinematography. The camera was often a bit static, but I can't deny some great landscapes…
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