2010, Ireland, Dir: Se Merry Doyle

Shot primarily in Connemara, Ireland, legendary Hollywood director John Ford’s ancestral land and home to a number of his surviving cousins, this mesmerizing documentary tells the back-story of Ford’s decision to make the Ireland-set romantic drama THE QUIET MAN - from his parents immigration to the U.S. after the great famine, to his upbringing in Portland, Oregon, to his traumatic return to Ireland in 1922, in which he saw his cousins’ house burned to the ground by the infamous Black and Tans militant group. Prestigious filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan (to name just a few) weigh in on Ford’s contributions to American cinema.

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