The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place in Dublin over four days, June 7-10. The symposium’s screenings, talks and events will center on Ford’s own films, in addition to other films and filmmakers inspired by his work and legacy. Ford, whose parents were born in the west of Ireland, directed 137 films throughout his prolific career, including The … [Read more...] about Director John Ford Celebrated with Irish Symposium
The Quiet Man
As Clint Eastwood receives the first John Ford Award, IA takes a brief look at the Ford's legacy. John Ford garnered many superlatives to describe his lifetime of works. In a career that spanned 57 years, he directed 136 films and received a total of 26 Oscar nominations. To this day, he holds the record for winning the most Oscars for Best Director. His How Green Was My … [Read more...] about John Ford: The Man, the Icon
This interview with silver screen legend Maureen O'Hara was the cover story for the June/July 2004 issue of Irish America (above left). O'Hara was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011 (center ) she greets fans as she arrives at the Irish America Hall of Fame Museum in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Right, O'Hara graces the cover of the April/May 2005 issue as one of the … [Read more...] about Maureen O’Hara: “The Greatest Guy”
This year marks fiftieth anniversary of John Ford's The Quiet Man, the favorite movie of many Irish Americans. The native Irish tend to see it with more ambivalence, yet the readers of the Irish Times in 1996 voted it the greatest Irish movie ever made. The beguiling comedy-drama won Ford his fourth Academy Award as best director, as well as bringing Oscars to cinematographers … [Read more...] about The Quiet Man Turns Fifty
Throughout her film career, Maureen O'Hara captured the essence of the Irish colleen in all its contradictions. In The Quiet Man, as Mary Kate, she went toe-to-toe with John Wayne's Jack Thornton, in one of the most rugged screen courtships in the history of film.
There were a lot of Irish actors in Hollywood at that time, weren't there?
Yes, Barry Fitzgerald, Arthur … [Read more...] about Maureen O’Hara