There are cinematic milestones that have left a marked 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. When it was released 'The Quiet Man' became a monster hit all across the world and won Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography. Its impact went way beyond the Irish Diaspora and it has resonated with international audiences for over 50 years now. This documentary delves into the psyche of John Ford and his twenty year struggle to bring his homage to his parents homeland to the screen. The film features contributions from commentators and film makers including Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan and, exclusively, Maureen O' Hara.
Directed by Sé Merry Doyle
- : Sé Merry Doyle
- : Paddy Jordan
- : Nicky Dunne
- : Ger Kiely
- : Martina Durac
- : Vanessa Gildea
Those who adore The Quiet Man will find that Sé Merry Doyle's Gabriel Byrne-narrated documentary adds to the magic, while the naysayers will, at the very least, get a great lesson in cinema history.
...a diverting watch for anybody with even a passing interest in classical Hollywood cinema. Doyle gathers together an impressive selection of professionals. Scorsese lights up the screen. Peter Bogdanovich is predictably dry. Maureen O’Hara remains impressively sharp.
Everyone involved puts forward their reasons as to why The Quiet Man is worthy of our love and devotion, and by the end, you’ll certainly be convinced.