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GABRIEL BYRNE ON THE QUIET MAN AND IRELAND ON FILM

May 20, 2011  |  Film, Videos
Gabriel Byrne on The Quiet Man and Ireland on Film

Renowned Irish actor Gabriel Byrne joined us to discuss Revisiting The Quiet Man: Ireland on Film, an exhibition he curated with the Irish Film Institute and MoMA. Using John Ford’s iconic 1952 film The Quiet Man as a point of departure, the exhibition examines cinematic depictions of the Irish—in both American and Irish films—from 1910 to the present day. In these video interviews, Byrne, who participates in a post-screening discussion of The Quiet Man tonight, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., talks about global perceptions of the Irish, filmic representations of Ireland’s tumultuous history, and the controversial legacy of The Quiet Man.

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An interesting point of view.
This film is one of my Wayne’s favourites!
Thanks for this post.
Best regards from Burgundy, France

sounds like a worthy endeavor and an interesting exhibition. I’m sure the screening last evening and the discussion that followed was equally engrossing.

A magical evening–I happened to be in Manhattan on business and stumbled upon this exceptional program by accident when I saw it modestly promoted on the digital sign as I stood waiting to buy an admission ticket for the day.

To see a classic on big screen is rare–especially in the midwest from where I hail. The effortless, full-hearted laughter throughout was reminiscent of a scene from Sullivan’s Travels in which Depression era prisoners lose the burden of their plight watching a reel of Steamboat Willie. This is one of cinema’s greatest gifts–to escape from the difficult journey, to rekindle the basic hope of dreams and love.

What a joy to see Maureen O’Hara, still a beauty, and to see Jean Kennedy Smith and other people of prominence take part in this lovely, unpretentious tribute.

And then, Gabrielle Byrne. As I have come to appreciate from previous interviews, Byrne’s comments after the presentation were thoughtful, poetic, and a bare revelation of what’s in his heart.

I thank you all for a great memory and and a night that again resurrected my muse.

Donna
Artist–Cincinnati, Ohio

The event made me more aware of my heritage as an Irishman–that I am free to claim it. Go raibh maith agat Gabriel J. Byrne.

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