Have you seen the movie The Quiet Man, directed by John Ford? It is a wonderfully told story about people, honor, tradition, pride, and love. Every shot is the film is set up like a painting, with fine attention given to composition and structure. The cast is great. The film is beautiful and big-hearted.
But the best thing about this movie is the performance given by **Maureen O’Hara ** as Mary Kate Daneher. Maureen O’Hara is a **force of nature ** in this movie. Her entry scene is breath-taking. Her range of expression is wonderful. Her physical presence is jaw-dropping and glorious. She conveys enormous meaning with the smallest gesture. Look what she does with her left hand when Sean Thorton meets her outside the church. Look how she parts her lips ever so slightly in the scene when they sit in front of the fire after each having spoken to a member of the clergy about their troubles. Notice the look on her face right after she tells her husband ‘I’ll be going home now,’ just before the big fight between her husband, played by John Wayne, and her brother, played by Victor McLaglen.
And behold the dazzling smile on her face in the last scene of the movie!