Celebrate Lowell Irish Cultural Week with Dinner-and-a-Movie Night featuring “The Quiet Man” – March 12

"The Quiet Man" screens in Lowell, March 12The LFC and the Lowell Irish Cultural Committee come together for another year of “Irish Film Night” in the Private Dining Room at Lowell Beer Works! Join us for a screening of the John Ford classic The Quiet Manstarring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald. This 1952 Irish-American film, notable for its lush photography of the Irish countryside and the long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight between Wayne and McLaglen, won 3 awards at the 1952 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 7 Academy Awards in that same year (it won for Best Director and Best Cinematography). We suggest you arrive by 6PM, order food and drink off the menu, then settle in and ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 12 @ 7PM (Doors @ 6PM)
Lowell Beer Works, 203 Cabot Street
Suggested Donation: $5.00

Rated TV-G  |  129 mins
Directed by John Ford
> View the trailer on TCM

Synopsis via Turner Classic Movies (TCM)  |  After spending most of his unhappy life in America, Sean Thornton arrives in the little Irish village of Inisfree to find the peace and paradise his mother used to talk about. The first thing to catch his eye (after the cottage where he was born) is the beautiful and fiery Mary Kate Danaher. Having bought the homestead from the wealthy Widow Tillane (much to the anger of Mary Kate’s brother Will, who wants the property for his own), he sets about courting the young woman. But her brother will not permit it, so the local priest, the vicar and his wife, and Michaleen (the village matchmaker and bookie) trick Will into believing that if he marries Mary Kate off, he will finally be successful in his pursuit of the widow. At the wedding, however, Will discovers she has no intention of marrying him, even if he does fancy himself “the best man in Inisfree.” He refuses to give Mary Kate her dowry. Sean thinks the furniture and money are unimportant, but Mary Kate insists they belong to her and without them she is not a married woman. She refuses to sleep with Sean and berates him for being a coward who won’t stand up to her brother. But neither she nor anyone else in the village (except the vicar) know that Sean has sworn off fighting after accidentally killing a man in the boxing ring. When Mary Kate attempts to leave her husband, he follows her to the train station five miles away and drags her back to town on foot. Flinging her at Will’s feet, he tells him the marriage is over unless she gets her full dowry. Will begrudgingly throws the money at him. Sean and Mary Kate pick it up and fling it into a furnace. Satisfied at last, she returns to their home while Sean and Will battle it out.   >> Continue reading  [“The Essentials: Pop Culture and The Quiet Man” on TCM]


Published by Lowell Film Collaborative

The Lowell Film Collaborative is a grassroots initiative in Lowell, MA, whose mission is to bring more cinematic awareness to the community.

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