Thursday, April 20, 2017

A to Z Challenge - Q is for Quite a Classic for John Ford

For the A to Z Challenge for Academy Award winners and nominees, there isn't much to choose from with the letter Q.  Only four movies started with the letter Q, but your choice becomes much easier when only one of them was directed by John Ford.  So today is dedicated to The Quiet Man the 1952 Best Picture nominee, as well as being nominated for seven in total and winning two, Best Cinematography, which is obvious if you've seen this film and of course Best Director, John Ford's fourth one.

Orson Welles was once asked which film directors he most admired, he responded with "I like the old Masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford".  And this is no different than any of his other masterpieces.  Staring John Wayne as a retired boxer who goes to Ireland and falls in love with Maureen O'Hara.  Conflict ensues with Irish customs and traditions that eventually leads to an epic fist fight and a happy ending.  I know I'm over simplifying the movie here, but the film is so beautifully shot and acted, that you will enjoy this classic no matter what.

And if you are a fan of John Wayne, like I am, you will enjoy him being John Wayne.  It's not a western, but still a great job by the Duke.

1 comment:

  1. Love, love, love this film! The acting, the warmth especially between the 2 main stars...their genuine love and respect for one another shows through. I have to admit, I think it is one of the most romantic films ever made and I love that he dragged her 5 miles to her brother.....he was truly her equal.