The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Who the hell is that titular “quiet man” in this film? I guess it pretty much has to be John Wayne, but he’s not particularly quiet or anything. Could you just name a film whatever you damn well pleased back in the 50’s and there wasn’t any accountability or anything?! This is the kind of stuff the MPAA should be protecting us from!

John Wayne, a retired boxer, moves back to his hometown in Ireland to inherit his ancestral cottage. He meets a girl and falls in love, so he buys her from her brother, because that is apparently the normal thing that happens in this time and place. He and the brother have some tension that can only be resolved by a fight, but Wayne killed a man in his last fight, and has given it up. Will they all get drunk and fight and sing songs because it’s Ireland? Probably!

Sure, you can think of this movie as “racist” and “horrifically misogynist,” but those are just modern politically correct terms for “quaint.” It’s funny to see the drunk Irish guys going around and being drunk and attacking each other for no reason other than they feel like it. It’s… less funny to see Wayne’s seduction method which almost borders on rape. It’s just an artifact from a different time. A time when people were racist assholes.

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