Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Epic Cinema: The Quiet Man

My mother's maiden name was Sullivan. I married an Irish Redhead. Is it any surprise that The Quite Man is my favorite movie? And I am not much of a John Wayne fan in general. Here, however, as a life-worn man returning to his family home in search of peace and quiet, Wayne is at his humble finest. Peace and quiet? What he finds is a magnificent woman and a lot of trouble. What you will find is a lovely bit of film making by John Ford in which the Irish countryside itself is every bit as much a star as the cast. A cast, by the way, which is chock full of fine performances by every single actor. I am confident that you will fall in love with each character in this movie just as I did many years ago. And with memorable lines such as

Ah, it is a fine, soft night. I think I'll be goin' to talk a little treason.

Oh, that's no angel. That is Mary Kate Dannaher. But pay her no mind Sean, that red hair is no lie.

You little squint!

Well, I can't say its true, and I won't say its not...but there's been talk...

If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the film, you can watch one of my favorite scenes here. It is my gift to all Epics on this St. Patrick's Day.

I watch a lot of movies, but if I had only one to keep forever, it would be The Quiet Man. It is like a trip to the Ireland of which one dreams. With a wee taste of Powers whiskey in a glass. On a fine, soft night.


Lucky Dog / The Commish said...

Aaah, I've discovered your secret: an Irish redhead wife. No wonder life is epic!

Great blog, the one I go to first each day (after a vanity look at my own, of course).

Best Regards and thanks for the epic adventures.

Lucky Dog
aka Tom


~Tessa~Scoffs said...

One of my favorites as well. Top o' the mornin' to ye.

James said...

One of my favorites, but what did she whisper in his ear at the end? We'll never know.

Main Line Sportsman said...

One of my favorites as well. I will add some of the dialogue I love: "I hope there is a bottle in the house...no matter who it belongs to"
"Ahhh...you've got a fine steady hand" (Referring to Mary Kate as she pours the whiskey.
" Where I come from we don't talk about our women in Saloons"
" Aye the sun is that hot on me pate and me mouth is as dry as a crust"

" And who taught ya to be playin' patty fingers in the Holy water"
It is no wonder that Ford won Oscar for best director and the film won best cinematography. I always watch this film on St. Patty's day.Great post!

Toad said...

Am I to be remembering a birthday in the morn?

If so, I thank you sir, for all the laughs, smiles, groans and memories.

vicki archer said...

This is a fabulous movie and one I have watched many times...thank you for the reminder. I will search it out and have another viewing. xv