Thursday, 27 August 2009

Confession

Whilst I should have been studying hard this afternoon for my MA, I by chance had a quick peek at the telly and came across one of my favourite films The Quiet Man (1952)

Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara and directed by John Ford it is a modern day take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew set in county Galway, Ireland.

The Quiet Man is a beautifully shot romantic drama but it is an idealised version of Irish life and is hardly a ringing endorsement for women's rights but I still laugh every time at the point where one of the local women hands John Wayne a stick as he drags Maureen O'Hara across the countryside on route to challenge her brother about her withheld wedding dowry and says 'here's a good stick for you if you need to beat your wife.'

Before you judge me, watch the film without any notions of today and you'll enjoy every minute of it!

4 comments:

Sharon Rose said...

Just read Wikis take on the film-sounds very good, I'll have to look out for it!

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

One of my favorites!

drollgirl said...

bah! that is pretty wild! i haven't seen the movie yet, but i would like to beat a LOT of people (not necessarily women!) with a stick! :)

fashion herald said...

My Irish Drama professor in college (ex-Irish priest)HATED this film, but I thought he was missing on all the fun of it. And the great pairing of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. That fight scene is amazing.