Last Year's Honorary Academy Award Recipient O'Hara Gets TCM Tribute

Maureen O'Hara: Queen of Technicolor. Maureen O'Hara movies: TCM tribute Veteran actress and Honorary Oscar recipient Maureen O'Hara, who died at age 95 on Oct. 24, '15, in Boise, Idaho, will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies with a 24-hour film tribute on Friday, Nov. 20. At one point known as “The Queen of Technicolor” – alongside “Eastern” star Maria Montez – the red-headed O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons on Aug. 17, 1920, in Ranelagh, County Dublin) was featured in more than 50 movies from 1938 to 1971 – in addition to one brief 1991 comeback (Chris Columbus' Only the Lonely). Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne Setting any hint of modesty aside, Maureen O'Hara wrote in her 2004 autobiography (with John Nicoletti), 'Tis Herself, that “I was the only leading lady big enough and tough enough for John Wayne.” Wayne, for his part, once said (as quoted in 'Tis Herself): There's only one woman who has been my friend over the
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Gender Roles in John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’

John Ford’s The Quiet Man is unquestionably one of Ireland most well-known films. It remains, to this day, a popular Hollywood love story as well as one of the most dominant representations of Ireland in film. A worldwide success, it won audiences over with its majestic landscapes, lighthearted dialogue, and beautiful cast. Despite its enduring appeal, it is also highly criticized by many; its depiction of exceedingly stereotypical stage-Irish characters, almost to the point of condescension, can be seen as problematic, to say the least. It is certainly not an apt portrayal of Ireland, past or present, and this lends to the reading of it being a predominantly American pastoral view of a paradise lost.

Set in post-war Ireland, in the fictitious village of Innisfree, the story begins with Sean Thornton (John Wayne), an American who comes home to the land of his birth and buys a little thatched
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John Wayne’s birthplace salutes classic Maureen O’Hara movie “The Quiet Man” - Video (IrishCentral)

The John Wayne Birthplace, in Winterset, Iowa, will be celebrating the legendary actor's birthday with a lavish salute to the enduring 1952 film classic, "The Quiet Man" over two days. In addition to big screen presentations of the film at Winterset's vintage Iowa Theatre, the weekend will include a plethora of celebrations. These will include: - the Midwest premiere of the Loopline Film documentary "Dreaming The Quiet Man" by Dublin director Se Merry Doyle - live stage performances of "Maurice Walsh's The Quiet Man" by Frank Mahon - the Inisfree Race Meet (a 5K run/walk) - breakfast at the Winterset firehouse - traditional Irish music at the Little Dublin Irish Pub - guided tours of the John Wayne Birthplace home - "Pie Squared," a pie tasting event on the historic Courthouse square, - corned beef and cabbage at the Pheasant Run tavern - a special Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner
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Ciaran Hinds: The Hollywood Interview

(Ciaran Hinds in The Eclipse, above.)

By Terry Keefe

“Starring Ciaran Hinds.” It’s about time.

The very talented Belfast-born actor has been the lead in numerous prominent stage productions over his career, but on-screen, he is better known for some of the best cinematic supporting work of the past ten years: as the under boss of sorts to Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood; the slightly nerdy Mossad agent who falls for the absolutely wrong undercover woman in Munich; the President of Russia in The Sum of All Fears; and as an imposing, regal, but also very human, Julius Caesar in the HBO’s “Rome,” amongst many others. With The Eclipse, Hinds steps up to the top of the marquee, and the new suit fits him well. I just hope that he doesn’t swear off supporting roles in the future now, because Hinds has added an extra
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Quiet Man Tales Makes World Premiere at The Chicago Theatre Downstairs in March

The Quiet Man Tales, a riveting new play presented by Smock Alley Theater Co., in conjunction with Mavin Productions II and Pullinsi & D'Angelo Productions, will make its world premiere at The Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State Street, previewing March 6 and opening Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. Susan Felder will direct. Adapted for the stage by Frank Mahon and Milissa Pacelli, The Quiet Man Tales is based on Green Rushes, the classic book of short stories by Maurice Walsh. Published in 1935, the book was the inspiration for the legendary 1952 Academy Award-winning film The Quiet Man, which was directed by John Ford and starred Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. Set in the sweeping Irish countryside in the midst of the country's battle for freedom from England in 1921 and the years that follow, The Quiet Man Tales is a humorous and poignant story of the interconnected lives of the men and women
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