I planned on watching this film all weekend and yet time got away from me and life got busy and, well, I was forced to digest this in parts over the morning while I was attempting to work and not allow my boss to know that I was, well, watching a movie! But, how could I miss this, for I'm trying my hardest to play along every week to Nate's Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
I'm so happy I fit this one in today.
Now, I'll be honest. I'm not a John Wayne fan. I have a very close friend who owns all of his movies, and a mother in law who has a painting of the man hanging in her living-room, but I have never been fond of his acting, at all. I have always been on the outside of his legend, shrugging at his presence and his drawl and pretty much considering him a one-trick pony. So, when it was announced that The Quiet Man was the film of the week, I was less than excited.
I LOVED THIS MOVIE!
Before I get into my favorite shot, and really the exploration of my favorite shot, I want to say something about the overall scenery of the film itself. There are a lot of classic films that use a near painted backdrop for a lot of the scenic moments, and at times this can be a distraction, but there is something so beautiful about the way that natural scenery and manufactured backdrops filter into the film, creating this otherworldly, postcard like feel. I almost hate the word 'vintage' because so many 'hipsters' try and capitalize on it and use it to nauseating abuse, but that feels like the best word to describe this film's overall look.
It's just stunning.
Ok, so now let's talk about my Best Shot. This was hard, for one reason and one reason only; every shot of Maureen O'Hara was my best shot. Like, this woman is so incredibly beautiful, her face is so strong and so striking, and her performance is such a fiery and expressive one that every time I saw her I was ready to declare it my favorite shot.
I mean, I did tweet this:
Maureen O'Hara's face is probably my new favorite thing. #TheQuietMan
— Andrew Ellington (@fististhoughts) March 17, 2015
So, narrowing this down was hard to do. I kept coming back to the many moments we get of O'Hara observing the people around her, her eyes peering around corners and her face soaking in their interactions, and I was so much in love with her.
|I just love this moment, this absorption of a scene...|
I also couldn't help but notice the way that she wore her experience so naturally. You could see in her body language, but so much so in her facial expressions, that she was not someone to be taken lightly or to be underestimated. She has seen it all, has experienced it all and that bled into the way she allowed a single conversation to adjust on her face.
|Love this SO MUCH...the shift to this moment is so natural and so telling...|
And yet, even this woman can be caught off guard by a feeling she isn't ready to embrace, or isn't sure how to embrace.
|MY GOD, that face says so much...so much!|
This may very well be the start of a new actressing obsession for me.
Alright, so I'm just going to pick one, and it doesn't really surprise me that the one I keep coming back to is the first one I saw, because it was in that moment (that whole scene really) that so much about this woman was told to me. As Sean sees Mary Kate for the first time, it's obvious why he is drawn to her beauty, but in her face we read a backstory so deep it pleads for someone to sit down and read it, love it, embrace it and help it write a new tale to tell!
So, I'm going to countdown to that moment that leaves me with such a warm smile on my soul...
|He sees her...|
|She notices him...|
|She understands that look in his eyes...|
|She feels the rising disapproval...|
|She tries to push down the moment of flattery...|
My Best Shot
|She can't help but 'look back'...|