Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Quiet Man

Today, my friend and I watched The Quiet Man, one of my favorite movies ever. I highly recommend watching this movie with the audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara. Maureen is wonderful and lovely and a great time to listen to. She's actually watching the movie while commenting on it, so it's a lot of fun. We also noticed that she likes to repeat certain things that she feels very strongly about.

This is what I learned, and probably will never forget, about The Quiet Man, having heard it repeated numerous times.

1. Two of her brothers were in it - she makes sure we know who they are every time they're on screen. She also thinks they're rather handsome.

2. Every book written about it was wrong - apparently many people have written books on this movie, and apparently, they all lie. She was there, so she would know. I suspect it may be because...

3. John ford made up stories about the filming, just for fun - he told someone that it rained every single day of the filming but Maureen says...

4. It never rained - I think I believe her

5. John ford had serious issues - I'm pretty sure he needed to see a psychiatrist

6. Cohan is pronounced Coh'n instead of Co-han - John Ford insisted that it be pronounced Co-han for the American audiences. This greatly upset Maureen as it was not how it would have actually been pronounced in Ireland.

7. She got dragged through sheep poo - during the scene where John Wayne drags her through the fields. Sick.

8. John Ford hated everyone - see #5

9. All the love scenes in movies today are terribly skanky - she's mostly right on this one.

10. John Wayne smokes too much - it's true. I don't think there's a scene in the movie where he's not smoking

11. Everyone's dead - Maureen doesn't really repeat this one over and over, but she does go through a nice list of people who are dead and it turns out to be everyone involved in the movie.

This is really one of the best movies ever. It's hilarious and Maureen O'Hara is the best!

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