Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! I wanted to do a holiday related post and what film embodies the spirit of classic Ireland and film more than John Ford's The Quiet Man. Ford's nostalgically idealized view of the Irish countryside is a constantly delightful movie, made all the more delightful due to the gorgeous cinematography and impressive cast led by the great John Wayne and the beautiful Maureen O'Hara. The Quiet Man is one of those rare classics that sometimes is recognized because it has (not surprisingly) a cult following from Irish-Americans who can find nothing wrong with the charming, funny movie that features an American hero and an Irish setting. It's the perfect St. Patrick's Day movie.
I once read in a John Ford biography that Ford (a kind of ornery guy) was actually very found of Ireland. His love of the nation comes out clearly in the film which lovingly portrays the Irish countryside in drop-dead gorgeous technicolor. Its an idyllic world of nostalgia and its pure entertainment at its finest.