There are cinematic milestones that have left a marked impression on the landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s take on his idealized vision of Ireland, ‘The Quiet Man’, is one such film. When it was released ‘The Quiet Man’ became a monster hit all across the world and won Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography. Its impact went way beyond the Irish Diaspora and it has resonated with international audiences for over 50 years now. This documentary delves into the psyche of John Ford and his twenty year struggle to bring his homage to his parents homeland to the screen. The film features contributions from commentators and film makers including Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan and, exclusively, Maureen O’ Hara.
The documentary reappraises ‘The Quiet Man’ and reveals John Ford’s master plan in creating the mythical Innisfree, a place where his own personal yearning to return home to his parents homeland are played out in age old rituals against the background of a love story between Mary Kate and Sean Thornton. Contributors tell how he laced his film with all the traits that were prevalent in his parents Ireland. The film explores the main themes of The Quiet Man, religion, land, sexuality, and intolerance, using archive film, unseen photographs, and stunning visual material shot in Ireland and in America