Monday, March 17, 2014

The Quiet Man

A disgraced American born boxer (John Wayne) returns to his family's pastoral village in Ireland to reclaim rightful property strong-armed by a prominent proprietor (Victor McLaglen) and complicates matters by attempting to win the heart of his new foe's vivacious, headstrong sister (Maureen O'Hara). John Ford's The Quiet Man was made almost exclusively by an Irish cast and crew and is geared for people of the same ilk, while possibly and quite understandably not holding as much of a vested interest for those of alternate persuasions. Arriving at this esteemed film for the first time, considerably late admittedly (perhaps because I'm not in the club), it lost my attention from time to time and is a tad overlong but is carried by its vibrant performances (Barry Fitzgerald, McLaglen, and Duke, of course, are my favorites), fantastic photography, and the extended brawl which concludes the film.