THE QUIET MAN
1952, Paramount, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne is the quiet man of the title, a former boxer returning home to his Irish birthplace who falls in love with feisty Maureen O’Hara and butts heads with her big brother (Victor McLaglen). Ireland has never looked so emerald green as in this rowdy shaggy-dog story that’s filled to the brim with brawling, romance and general tomfoolery. With Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond. Winner of Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography (by Winston C. Hoch and Archie Stout).


DREAMING THE QUIET MAN
2010, Ireland, Dir: Se Merry Doyle

Shot primarily in Connemara, Ireland, legendary Hollywood director John Ford’s ancestral land and home to a number of his surviving cousins, this mesmerizing documentary tells the back-story of Ford’s decision to make the Ireland-set romantic drama THE QUIET MAN - from his parents immigration to the U.S. after the great famine, to his upbringing in Portland, Oregon, to his traumatic return to Ireland in 1922, in which he saw his cousins’ house burned to the ground by the infamous Black and Tans militant group. Prestigious filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan (to name just a few) weigh in on Ford’s contributions to American cinema.


THE PARENT TRAP
1961, Walt Disney Co., 129 min, USA, Dir: David Swift

Disney's desire to capitalize on their new hit "It Girl" from POLLYANNA, Hayley Mills, led them to cast her twice in one film the next year, resulting in the granddaddy of all split-screen double movies. Susan meets Sharon at summer camp (Mills in dual roles), and they discover they were twin sisters separated at birth by divorce. The sisters switch places for the summer, then scheme and plan a reunion of their parents, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. Mills worked tirelessly to perfect her American accent for the part of Sharon, and her performance is a prime example of child acting at its most versatile. Great supporting work from under-appreciated ’30's and ’40's veteran Una Merkel and Charles Ruggles. POLLYANNA director David Swift once again scores a huge hit writing and directing this timeless classic that has spawned and inspired three sequels, three remakes, PULP FICTION, a "Simpsons" episode and sisters everywhere. Camera work by the great Peckinpah cinematographer Lucien Ballard. As always wonderful songs provided by the Sherman brothers (“Let’s Get Together” and the title sequence’s “Parent Trap”). Also featuring Leo G. Carroll and Nancy Kulp.


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