The Quiet Man (1952)
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I know this movie is from the fifties and set in the twenties. I know that it depicts a society with very traditional gender roles. But I just can't laugh off (as the filmmakers clearly hoped audiences would) John Wayne dragging Maureen O'Hara across the ground and then accepting a stick to beat her with. If that's an overly presentist viewpoint, so be it.
This was a huge disappointment! Both boring and really bad morals. A man has to prove he is a man, by fighting others and oppressing his wife. Otherwise no one will respect him, least of all his wife, who needs a man who is willing to drag her 5 miles, kicking and screaming. It gets 8/10 on IMDb. Am I missing something?
Well, guess it's not the 1950s anymore ..
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This movie ranks #21 in National Board of Review Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #42 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #76 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #188 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #206 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #223 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #239 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #243 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #268 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #346 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #366 in UNESCO's Memory of the World
This movie ranks #450 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #618 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #634 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #694 in The New York Times's Book of Movies