Program Notes

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Program Notes: The Quiet Man (1952)

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The Quiet Man (1952) may have been the film dearest to Ford’s heart, a sort of fairy tale set in ‘20s Ireland and overflowing with the sights, colors, eccentric characters, and time-tested customs of the Emerald Isle.

Program Notes: The Wings of Eagles (1957)

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The Wings of Eagles is one of Ford’s oddest movies, one featuring a near-great performance from John Wayne but jam-packed with ambivalence.

Program Notes: They Were Expendable (1945)

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They Were Expendable is a movie about defeat. Or, rather, the glory that may be found in defeat. Based on a non-fiction book by William L. White, it’s a grim, sad yarn, but a strangely uplifting one.

Program Notes: Mogambo (1953)

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Mogambo was a very big deal when it was released in 1953. This African adventure made $5.2 million and turned newcomer Grace Kelly into a major star.

Program Notes: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

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If How Green Was My Valley isn’t John Ford’s finest film, it’s certainly the most honored. Nominated in 1941 for 10 Oscars, it won five - in a year when Citizen Kane was up for most of the same honors.