The Quiet Man (1952)
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
pre-screening panel and Irish coffees at 6:00 pm, screening at 7:00 pm
2 Theater St., Damariscotta, Maine
Andy O’Brien, editor of The Free Press, will moderate a pre-screening conversation with historians of Ford and the Irish in Maine: Michael C. Connolly (co-editor of John Ford in Focus) and Matthew Jude Barker (author of The Irish of Portland, Maine).
“Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne), recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, Thornton has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow Mildred Natwick, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire Victor McLaglen, who coveted the property for himself. By and by, Thornton falls in love with McLaglen's beautiful, high-spirited sister Maureen O'Hara. Though it tends to perpetuate the myth that all true Irishmen live only to fight, drink and make love, The Quiet Man is grand and glorious fun, enacted with gusto by a largely Hibernian cast and directed with loving care by a master of his craft. Graced with a lilting musical score by Victor Young, the film won Oscars for Archie Stout's Technicolor photography and for John Ford's direction” - Hal Erickson, Rovi.