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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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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…
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.)
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…
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.
An entertaining if overly long adaptation of a fun short story. The Duke, Maureen O'Hara, and Ford's framing. What's not to like?
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The best director winner for 1952, I'd give it an award for the scenery, and not much else.
I've never been overly fond of John Wayne's "acting" and all of my quibbles with it are on full display here. He just so infrequently manages to seem sincere. It's a product of the timber of his voice. Maybe it's all the parodies of Wayne's accent I've seen over the years, but the real thing now rings false to me.
Combine that with a plot that frequently relies on what borders on spousal abuse, however humorously played, and my gripes multiply. At no point is dragging one's wife 5 miles, booting her or manhandling her to get her to move, entertaining or…
Happy College Graduation to Me!
Innisfree. Olor a praderas verdes, a whisky, a canciones tradicionales y ¿por qué no? a una buena pelea a puñetazos con los amigos. Un mosaico de personajes conmovedores, de paisajes bucólicos y de escenas inolvidables (el beso modulado por un viento implacable que homenajeaba E.T.). La felicidad hecha cine.
Ford handles portraying the rolling hills of Ireland as well as he did the open spaces of Monument Valley. The cinematography on this picture was some of the best I've seen in the genre. The dialogue is also very interesting. There's even a "thirst" joke about John Wayne's lust for Maureen O'Hara. There is some wavering into screwball territory with the reverend; funny stuff, but doesn't fit with the rest of the picture. Other than that small note, though, this is a top notch movie. Definitely one of Wayne's best performances. Would watch again.
In the first ten minutes, I was like "I love this movie!", but then it kind of lost me a bit by the time the second act started up. I think I lost sight of what exactly the movie was trying to get at. In the end though, it all came together. I think, in hindsight, I was being dismissive. Not giving Ford enough credit, which was a mistake. It ends up being a unique twist on a story that's been told ad nauseum. I especially enjoyed how much of a spectacle they made the last fight into, especially considering how superfluous it really was. Also, I think that one guy was an actual leprechaun.
Sadly John Wayne talks far more than the title would suggest!
Worth it just for the fight at the end (and influence on the absurdity of They Live), but i also really liked the knockout/flashback sequence. Irish classic.
John Wayne versus the overly conservative courting traditions of Ireland...sounds like a 5-star blockbuster premise, doesn't it? Well, not so much. My reaction to The Quiet Man was not very positive, and I stalled out and had to restart the movie more than once. The entire plot is just so bland and uninteresting to me that I'm surprised I persevered to the end. At this point I'm wondering if can muster the willpower to explore any more of Wayne's films because I have not enjoyed his performance yet in my first 2 experiences with him. He is a very stiff actor, and struggles to become a convincing romantic lead here. However, despite all my protestations to this film, I did…
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