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on 9 August 2003
This is an excellent book. The author has certainly carried out his investigations and analysis well. The book identifies and outlines the very many locations where different scenes of The Quiet Man were filmed. Although many of the scenes filmed were in an around Cong, Co Mayo, there were more than a few other scenes from a little more distant locations. What the book does is allow the reader to follow the filming and highlight the locations so that when later visiting the area it is posssible to accurately visit where the filming of different scenes occurred. The reality however is that no matter how beautiful the Irish landscape looks in the film it is still not possible to do full justice to the natural beauty unless one visits these areas at first hand.
Reasons are postulated for why the scenes were protrayed in a particular way rather than what could or should have occurred and in so doing the author gives us an insight into the background and people dynamics of those working on the film from the producer, the actors and actresses, extras, set craftsmen and even the local people of the area. What can not be understated however is the need to view the film first before reading the book.
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on 26 January 2012
If you, like me, are looking for a photographic book about The Quiet Man this is a waste of money, especially when buying the more expensive hardcover. The reviews here are all enthusiasts about the author and the large quantity of photos, so I thought this was the book I was looking for, but I was disappointed ! Those hundreds of photos they talk about are for the most part amateur , which means very poor quality. Professional photos are a minority, many just depicting the places of location, some others in a very small size. Good quality pictures of cast and film are but a few. So if you are interested in the story of the filming, better choose the paperback edition. If you only want a collection of quality photos from the movie Quiet Man with cast and crew in them, look for something else.
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on 6 June 2010
If you grew up during the 1950s and are a fan of John Wayne movies, especially THE QUIET MAN, you will love this book. This is a one of the best "behind the scenes" books I've ever read! When John Ford decided on the Village of Cong, Ireland for his location of the film, lives there were changed forever. In 1950 Cong was a quiet little village without electricity and many other amenities we all take for granted today. Pristine and quiet in its own way, the arrival of a Hollywood film company left the Village of Cong (Co Mayo) changed forever. Filled with tidbits, photographs, and anecdotes, and delivered in a superb writing style with an eye to interesting details about the relationships on set and with the local villagers, author Des McHale manages to cover all aspects of the movie and answer almost any question you might have (as well as some you haven't thought of) in "The Complete Guide to the "Quiet Man." You still won't know exactly what Maureen O'Hara whispers to John Wayne at the end of the movie that evoked such a sincerely shocked look on his face...but you will finish this book with awe, wonder, and a sense of over all satisfaction. Until you can make the trip in person to the Village of Cong, this book will transport you there from your favorite chair. A must read for any and all fans!
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on 13 November 2000
JUST about every video or DVD collection in every Irish home contains a copy of The Quiet Man. It's as common as a kettle in the kitchen. Now Des MacHale's book - the result of a life-long fascination with director John Ford's 1952 Oscar-winning masterpiece - looks set to achieve the same ubiquity. And deservedly so, for it is very obviously a labour of love on which the author has not spared the trivia trowel. But this is no surface-skimming missal; no Quiet Man quiz book (heaven forbid). Rather, MacHale has produced a 250-page treasure trove of information and photos and illustrations that "Quiet Man-iacs" the world over will devour with glee. Most remarkable, though, is the author's frame-by-frame examination of arguably the greatest Irish movie of all time. This painstaking task, which involved several hundred hours of pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding, has resulted in the most detailed analysis ever of a motion picture. That's great news, especially for film students, because although The Complete Guide to The Quiet Man is not targeted primarily at them they will find it an invaluable study aid. It's to the movie's millions of fans worldwide that MacHale - a professor of mathematics at University College Cork - really targets his book, which was 20 years in the researching and writing. In it we revisit the breathtakingly beautiful West of Ireland locations in and around the Co Mayo village of Cong that helped earn the film its Oscar for Best Colour Cinematography Simple yet super-precise diagrams pinpoint the camera positions so that visitors - or more accurately pilgrims - can savour the sights as they were seen through the viewfinder. Many never-before-seen black and white and colour photos of the cast and crew at work and play rekindle favourite scenes. We also learn of the scenes in Frank Nugent's screenplay that were never filmed and those that ended up on the cutting room floor. And anecdotes related by villagers and suppliers carry us behind the scenes and paint a picture of that idyllic summer of 1951 when Hollywood descended on backwood. There's also a chapter on those films that influenced Ford - including some of his own - in his making of The Quiet Man. The examples cited might dismay many diehard fans, but the evidence presented by MacHale can't be disputed - Ford obviously and unashamedly stole and borrowed bits and bobs from all around. A line of dialogue here, a scene there, from this film and that were mixed and matched into the story of ex-boxer Sean Thornton's (John Wayne) return from America and his troubled courting of and marriage to the flame-haired Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara at her most beautiful). This we learn and a whole, happy lot more from a book whose only fault is the absence of an index. Perhaps MacHale's 20 years of research and writing left him too exhausted to complete this final task. Hopefully for future editions he will address this.
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on 14 November 2012
Contains everything you would like to know on John FORD's masterpiece "THE QUIET MAN". A MUST for all the fans of this cinematographic EVERGREEN
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on 20 March 2016
among the classics of the movies history, THE QUIET MAN is my TOP favourite, I must have seen it over a hundred times ( in the days of VHS, I wore out 2 cassettes, now DVDs are more durable !). For the lovers of THAT movie, The Quiet Man (Ireland into Film) , In the Footsteps of the Quiet Man and the Complete Guide to the Quiet Man are compulsory bed side table features. I regularly revert back to them.
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on 14 September 2001
An update to my review of November 2000 - the book has now been re-issued with an index, so now it is absolutely faultless.
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on 30 January 2016
If you're a Quiet Man fan then this is the book for you. All other books on the subject pale into insignificance! This tells you EVERYTHING there is to tell about this delightful piece of Irish whimsy. You will not be disappointed.
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on 3 April 2016
Fantastic book for all fans of the Quiet Man, so much information on the film and area by the way if you haven't bee to the village of Cong you must go it's a treat
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on 31 December 2016
Classic for QM fans
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