Analysis Of John Ford's The Quiet Man

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Throughout the career of writer and director Jim Sheridan, there has been a significant change to not only Irish-made films but those directed by Irish individuals as well. Sheridan has attempted to maintain a realistic balance of both local and global expectations of “Irish Films.” Mr. Sheridan has helped move Ireland away from the many stereotypes found in films about or even set in the country. One of the lasting films in Ireland was director John Ford’s The Quiet Man. The Quiet Man plays on stereotypes in order to progress the story which isn’t necessarily bad as it can appeal to a wider and more international audience. The success of filmmakers is told through the setting, themes, characters and how the reception of the film was take with local vs international audiences. The first concept, crucial to the film is the setting in which the film takes place. Ireland’s unique setting is one that benefits both directors and filmmakers. Traditionally in some of the older films, Ireland has been represented in for the most part full technicolor which builds a beautiful yet almost unrealistic backdrop. Older films primarily took place in the small towns and villages which lie in fairly remote regions of Ireland. The exceptions were those films that were set in the city which was for the most part presented negatively. Cities, while signs of innovation and moving forward, typically were seen as not only dark but disgusting as well. Setting goes along with plot as well, in

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