John Ford's Ireland
Why The Quiet Man is always good
Mar 26, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 27 • By BRIAN MURRAY
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It's no wonder, then, that such a diverse group of directors were struck by the lavishness of Ford's gifts. The French director Francois Truffaut, for example, shared few of Ford's values; and, as a young film critic in the 1950s, had openly mocked the patriotism and sentimentality frankly displayed in much of Ford's work. But even Truffaut succumbed to the old master's power and the appeal of the movie that so many of us watch, yet again, around St. Patrick's Day. "I had to become a director and turn on the TV to find The Quiet Man," Truffaut wrote, "before I could measure my blindness."
Brian Murray teaches writing at Loyola College in Maryland.
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