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The Big Screen at Loew's J goes green for St. Patty's Day
« Reply #1 on: 03-13-2018, 07:17pm »
Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen.  Directed by John Ford.  1952, 129 mins., B&W.

They say everyone is Irish in March -- and no matter if your blood is green by birth or by month, one of the best ways to reminisce about the Ol’ Sod is to watch "The Quiet Man" on St. Patrick's Day on the BIG Screen at Loew’s Jersey.

Admission: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors / Kids / Leprechauns.

Irish eyes will be smiling . . .

They say everyone is Irish in March -- and no matter if your blood is green by birth or by month, one of the best ways to reminisce about the Ol’ Sod is to watch "The Quiet Man" on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at 7PM on the BIG Screen at Loew’s Jersey. And we've scheduled the film to make sure to leave time either before or after for a quick visit to an Irish pub -- such as PJ Ryan's Squared across the street form the Loew's -- if you like.

There are many things to enjoy about “The Quiet Man”, starting with the radiant beauty and fine performance of one of Classic Hollywood’s greatest Irish-American actresses: Maureen O’Hara.

As surprising as it may be to the many people who only associate John Wayne with Westerns and his outspoken views about patriotism and Vietnam, his performance here is charming and great fun to watch.

Barry Fitzgerald, one of the great character actors of all time, turns in a performance as the local curmudgeon and busy-body who is just a hair shy of being a flesh-and-blood leprechaun.

Then there is the extraordinarily beautiful Irish countryside, which, because the film was shot on location, is as important to the story as are any of the players.

If the real Ireland is a land that boasts equal measures of light fancy and dark troubles, don’t look for much trace of the latter here. The movie is a valentine to Ireland’s most beguiling self-images, myths, superstitions and humor – call it not rose, but emerald-colored glasses.

But before you complain that it doesn’t sound “real” enough, know that the movie was made by John Ford – an Irish-American who was one of Classic Hollywood’s greatest directors. Ford was not reticent about his love for Ireland, and in addition to directing many classic Westerns that are at the core of America’s cinematic self-imagery, he made films of biting social commentary, including at least one about his native country’s convulsive struggle for independence from Great Britain. So Ford could have made another hard-hitting film about Ireland’s troubles, but that’s not what he wanted. Here, Ford chose to make a movie about Ireland’s beauty, character and charm. And like so many people with roots in that Celtic land known for its storytelling, he understood that a wee bit of blarney can make everything a lot more fun.

The movie became one of Ford’s favorites of all his titles, and he considered it among his most personal work. It was also the film for which Ford won his fourth, and final, Oscar for Best Director.

The story is beguilingly simple – John Wayne is an Irish-American prizefighter who decides to buy a home in a small Irish village when he retired from the ring. He soon falls in love with O’Hara, a fiery-tempered local woman who has managed to stay unmarried a bit past the customary time for locals. But Wayne soon finds that dating and even marriage in Ireland are not as simple as back in the US. There are many customs to be reckoned with, including the need to be chaperoned, the issue of a dowry, and the requirement (even for a fully-grown woman) that O’Hara’s brother agree to the wedding - which he refuses to do, out of spite. Thusly framed, the story unfolds as a quick-moving romantic comedy, with a brogue.

If there is one “real”, albeit somewhat stylized aspect of the film, it is the depiction of a post-WWII phenomenon: Irish-Americans with the means to travel to the land of their ancestors, where they come face to face the ways of life and other things that their parents or grandparents had left behind.

But you shouldn’t try to make too much of that; the real point here is to simply celebrate being Irish -- at least for the day – by sitting back and enjoying a good yarn that’s colored green.

"The Quiet Man" will be screened digitally.

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The Big Screen at Loew's J goes green for St. Patty's Day
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