John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man
There are cinematic milestones that have left a market impression on the landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s take on his idealized vision of Ireland, ‘The Quiet Man’, is one such film.
The plot revolves around Sean Thronton (John Wayne) who after killing a man in a boxing fight in America, returns to claim his ancestral home in Ireland and falls in love with a fiery redhead Mary Kate Danagher (Maureen O’Hara). The themes of the film mirrored Ford’s own family’s experience of loss of land and forced emigration. When it was released ‘The Quiet Man’ became a monster hit all across the world and has resonated with international audiences ever since.
‘John Ford – Dreaming of the Quiet Man’ reveals John Ford’s twenty-year quest to realize his most personal film. Gabriel Byrne narrates the story over stunning landscapes of Monument Valley in Arizona and the West of Ireland. Surviving extras from ‘The Quiet Man’ add a unique backdrop to Ford’s masterpiece. Featuring heartfelt discussions with star Maureen O’Hara and fellow directors Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan, as well as original home-movie footage of the cast and crew’s time in Ashford Castle during filming. JOHN FORD: DREAMING THE QUIET MAN recounts stories from the people who still remember how Hollywood came to the West of Ireland and changed their lives forever.
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