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VIDEO: “Believe me, I would rather work with the old bastard than not”

Maureen O’Hara discusses John Ford’s directing methods in new documentary exploring the making of The Quiet Man.

Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne converse in a scene from The Quiet Man.
Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne converse in a scene from The Quiet Man.
Image: AP Photo/PA File

A NEW DOCUMENTARY charting director John Ford’s making of the film classic The Quiet Man is set for release in Ireland on 15 June.

Set and filmed in Ireland, the film starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and it claimed the Oscars for best director and best cinematography in 1953.

It took John Ford 20 years to bring the Maurice Walsh-penned short story to the big screen. The new documentary John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man features interviews with the film’s female lead Maureen O’Hara as well as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan.

“I knew what great directors and great actors were like,” O’Hara said, “but I have to honestly say he was the best, really the best. The meanest.”

“Believe me, I would rather work with the – pardon me – the old bastard than not.”

The documentary is set for release in the IFI,  Light House Cinema in Dublin, Eye Cinema Galway, and the Gate Cinema in Cork on 15 June. Further venues are expected to be added to that list in the coming weeks.

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