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The Quiet Man
Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !
A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love.
"Authenticity as a moral imperative is a recent obsession. It was accorded relatively little importance during most of the last hundred thousand years, even (and especially) by historians. Authenticity was thought unachievable. And for good reason. The past, after all, does not exist, except in our individual imaginations, and no two of us can imagine even yesterday in the same way. Thus what we call "history" is what we ourselves create, our story. History is not written by the hand of God, nor by Nature (and dialectical materialism has no hand). The past's only relevance is what it means to us today. This is why Renaissance paintings of the Crucifixion or Nativity set Biblical events in contemporary contexts, with medieval…
**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…
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.
Re-Watch: one of my most beloved of Ford's many masterpieces. The Olive Films restoration is flat-out GORGEOUS and a must-own.
Watched as part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films List.
The Quiet Man is a quiet film that feels a little more tender than the average John Ford film, it is his romantic tribute to his own ancestral home. John Wayne plays Sean Thornton, an ex-boxer from America travelled back to his home town in Ireland to find a new and peaceful life when he finds love.
I have never been a fan of John Wayne and for me his performance suffers from much of the sameness with his other characters, it feels like he too often plays a variation of himself. However, Maureen O'Hara's Mary Kate Danahar is vibrant enough to give their relationship the necessary life.…
Too long, though perhaps that was my tired unwillingness to rewatch it so soon (it was screened during a lecture, not my choice). I still think the character motivations are kind of all over the place, people just abandoning their prior rationales when it suits the story. Even so, it's damn funny, a heck of a good time, and a fine use of that pretty Irish landscape.
Really not my type of film
A complete waste of two hours that I won't ever get back. I find John Ford films to be very hit and miss and this is his biggest flop yet. How did he get nominated for an Oscar in best direction here? I also find John Wayne to be hit and miss and once again here he is fairly miss. I never understood the characters motivations here and all this film is, is a character driven film. The only reason this film doesn't fail is because of the Irish landscape and Barry Fitzgerald's comedic performance.
Grade Letter: D
Could John Wayne act? Yes.
Here's a film where he's not a
Cowboy or soldier.
I think Ford got to a point where he just wanted to have a little fun, and there's nothing wrong with that.
"You look more like a black-eyed Susan to me."
A departure for John Ford, as he and John Wayne go to Ireland for a romantic drama. At times its stereotypical, sometimes a bit boring, sometimes a bit messy, but its jolly good fun on the whole. It can also boast some picturesque cinematography of the Irish countryside.
Be it ever so blarney.
Now what else would I be watching on St. Patrick's Day?
Might be the first John Wayne movie I've seen.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…