THE QUIET Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara remains one of the best loved films of all time, and is now the subject of a new book, edited by two Galway based academics.
The Quiet Man...and Beyond: Reflections on a Classic Film, John Ford and Ireland, edited by Seán Crosson and Rod Stoneman and published by The Liffey Press, will be launched today in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media as part of the American Conference for Irish Studies 2009.
The Quiet Man...and Beyond is a celebration and a critical analysis of it as myth, commodity, and fetish, and the fact that it has sustained considerable academic attention and popular appreciation since its release in 1952.
Among the topics considered are the complexity of the film’s relation to Ireland, Irish literature, and to John Ford’s other films; its perceived place with regard to indigenous Irish cinema, and representations of women; and the phenomenon of its circulation and reception as a cult film over the years.
Seán Crosson is a lecturer on Irish and world cinema with the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI, Galway where he is programme coordinator of the MA in film studies. Rod Stoneman is the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and was formerly Chief executive with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board.
The contributors to The Quiet Man...and Beyond include Luke Gibbons, John Hill, Ruth Barton, and NUIG academics Adrian Frazier and Sean Ryder.