ROE Valley Arts & Cultural Centre will be screening John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning classic The Quiet Man on Saturday 10th May. Starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, Ford’s romantic comedy tells the story of Sean Thornton (Wayne), a retired American boxer returning to the Irish village where he was born to reclaim his homestead and unexpectedly finds himself falling for the charms of Mary Kate Danaher (O’Hara).
Famous for its overly long semi-comical fist fight, the film was something of a departure for both Wayne and Ford, who were more closely associated with westerns and more action oriented features. The film is notable for Winton Hoch’s lush photography of the Irish countryside, with the cinematographer winning an Academy Award for his work on the project. Filming taking place across a variety of locations within County Mayo and County Galway and to this day those locations remain popular Irish tourist spots.
Famously the film featured within Steven Spielberg’s 1982 feature, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, when E.T. watches a romantic embrace between Wayne and O’Hara, the small alien is so moved by the scene, his telepathic link with Elliot causes the boy to re-enact the sequence with a girl at his school.
The screening at the Limavady arts centre starts at 2pm with tickets for the event priced at £4, they can be purchased from the centre’s website or by contacting the box-office directly on 02877760650.