Ford's 'The Quiet Man" has been a phenomenon ever since its
release in 1951. Our documentary intends to tell the untold
story of the drama surrounding the making of the film, which
for better or worse, gave a new world identity to Ireland.
We meet surviving original cast and extras who throw light
on the great adventure. The hard-core worldwide fan clubs
who trek to the locations as if they are holy shrines add
a humour to the film. The annual re-enactment by amateur actors
playing the parts of John Wayne, Maureen O Hara, and Barry
Fitzgerald, is played-out against the originals.
John Ford's romantic notions of his original homeland are
investigated using the original locations in Cong and Connemara
in the west of Ireland. We show how Ford changed the film
from being a gung ho, IRA against the Brits, to an Irish western.
The stories behind the making of the film are legendry but
there are also the diverse reactions the film had at the time
of release and continue. There are those who cite the film
as the source of the "Oirish" stereotype that pervaded
a host of other American films set in Ireland and there are
those that say it is a liberating film and throws a light
on the unique lifestyle of rural Ireland.
There are a lot of potential interviewees who could appear
from Maureen O'Hara, Steven Spielberg, and Jim Sheridan.
Sé Merry Doyle Producer: Jackie Larkin Music: Laura Forest Hay Location: Ireland and the United States Format: Digi Beta Running Time: TV Hour
for broadcasters: John Ford's 'The Quiet Man' is the most
famous ever to be set in Ireland. This is an opportunity for
broadcasters to get involved with a film that would be popular
all over the world.
Quiet Man - Milestone Or A Millstone?' is a Loopline Film.