In this video essay, I express my appreciation for the John Ford film 'The Quiet Man' and try to make an argument for why it is the best John Ford film. While most people think of latter John Ford fare such as 'The Searchers' to be his best work, I argue that his tragic films are inverted versions of his classic comedic film.
'The Quiet Man' touches on many of the same issues as 'The Searchers' but has more experimentation in cinematic language, relying on inventive uses of narration as well as theatrical techniques, such as breaking the fourth wall. The desire to depict a topsy-turvy world opens up John Ford to expressing love and showing his unguarded self.
Plus the movie is very funny.
Voice over, editing, and words by M. R. Turnage, especially that part where he mangles the world "interpret."
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