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From 'Quiet Man' to 'Raging Bull' -- how iconic film inspired Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese. Photo: AFP, Getty Images
Director Martin Scorsese. Photo: AFP, Getty Images
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

HOLLYWOOD director Martin Scorsese has revealed how legendary movie 'The Quiet Man' inspired the idea for one of his greatest movies, 'Raging Bull', released in 1980.

Shot in Connemara and Mayo and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, 'The Quiet Man' was a huge hit in 1952. It won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director.

Scorsese reveals in a new documentary 'John Ford -- Dreaming The Quiet Man', that a flashback which depicted John Wayne as a boxer accidentally killing an opponent, helped inspire 'Raging Bull.'

"It was an inspiration for a lot of the scenes in 'Raging Bull'. I wanted the effect in the fight scenes in 'Raging Bull' to look like the flashback in 'The Quiet Man,'" Scorsese recalls.

Scorsese goes on to describe the Irish film as "a work of art, a work of poetry, very unique and beautiful."

Scorsese describes the scene when John Wayne finally kisses Maureen O'Hara during a storm "as one of the best kisses in motion pictures. It's because the power of women is very strong in 'The Quiet Man'.''

O'Hara says: "When you had to sock Duke you always had to wonder whether he was going to accept it and let you or was he going to strangle you for trying. I hit him a couple of times in the film."

And while filming in Cong, Co Mayo in 1951, Wayne allegedly floored a man in a local bar.

"There's a rumour that John Wayne was drinking in the pub when he heard a man making a disparaging remarks about a woman. Wayne, it's said, picked him up on it, and told him it was no way to talk. The local challenged Wayne to a fight for £10 which he won.

"The story is Wayne put the money on the bar as he walked out, leaving the guy on the floor," said documentary director Sé Merry Doyle

Despite this, Doyle said John Wayne loved Ireland and even brought his children over to appear as extras.

Irish director Jim Sheridan, questions the relationship between the character played by Maureen O'Hara and her big brother, played by Victor McLaglen.

"Jim believes that John Wayne's character is trying to rescue Maureen from what he sees as incestuous culture,'' said Sé Merry Doyle.

'John Ford -- Dreaming The Quiet Man' will be given a limited cinema release later this year.

Irish Independent

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