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Someday Cinema Series Heading To Ireland With Next Film



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In celebration for all things Irish, Edmond Town Hall Theatre, at 45 Main Street, will host screenings of The Quiet Man (1952) on Thursday, March 16, at 1 and 7 pm.

Tickets are $3, available at the box office, and the matinee will be subtitled for the benefit of the hearing impaired.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Director (John Ford) and Best Cinematography, The Quiet Man stars John Wayne as Sean Thornton, an Irish-born American boxer who returns to Ireland to reclaim his childhood home, and start a new life free from the dangers of boxing.

No sooner does he arrive, but Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara) catches his eye. She seems interested too, but her brother the Squire soon despises Sean when the Widow Tillane decides to sell her land to Sean and not the Squire.

At the heart of the film, Sean's independent American ideals clash with the deep-rooted Irish family tradition. Ergo, the courtship of Mary Kate does not go smoothly, especially when her brother refuses to pay the dowry. Ultimately, the only thing that will satisfy the hotheaded Squire is for Sean to give him the satisfaction of a fight.

Originally filmed in Technicolor, this beautifully restored, high-definition presentation will transport audiences back to the rustic Ireland of more than 50 years ago. Many scenes were filmed in and around the village of Cong in County Mayo, on the land of Ashford Castle. The fictional village of Innisfree is Ford's idealized Ireland, where Catholics and Protestants get along congenially.

Several Irish tunes complement the film, including "The Wild Colonial Boy," "Rakes of Mallow," and "The Isle of Innisfree."

The Someday Cinema Series is presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Visit bit.ly/somedaycinemaseries to see the entire lineup for 2017, and fb.me/somedaycinemaseries for updates and other information.

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