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December 17th, 2013 8:35 PM

2013 NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY QUOTES

Maureen O’Hara, Award-winning Actress – “The Quiet Man”

“I am overjoyed that the Library of Congress has inducted The Quiet Man into its National Film Registry. It was the thrill of our lives for John Ford, John Wayne, myself, and everyone to make it. I had never seen Ireland more majestic than she was that summer in 1951. It was the first time she would ever be captured in Technicolor and we all knew while we were making it that the real star of The Quiet Man would be Ireland herself—and she truly is.

“I loved playing Mary Kate Danaher. I liked the hell and fire in her. The Quiet Man is my favorite of all the pictures I made. I love it so much because it was the first great movie about Ireland, made her look wonderful, and shared her customs and traditions with the rest of the world. Yet I believe it has become a classic and endured for over 60 years because it’s a simple and timeless story about people in love. Thank you for preserving this cinematic treasure for all future generations. May its message of love endure throughout the ages.”

Michael Moore, Director – “Roger & Me”

“This coming year (2014) is the 25th anniversary of ‘Roger & Me.’ Over the years this movie has received many acknowledgments, but this is certainly the one I cherish the most. Last year I learned that there were no usable prints left of ‘Roger & Me’. What there was had seriously deteriorated. This is why I am so grateful for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry and the National Film Preservation Board. The true regret I have is that the cities of Flint and Detroit, which are at the center of my film, are now in much worse shape -- as is the American middle class in general.”

Mike Nichols, Director – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

“Of course it is an honor to have a film chosen for the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress. 

“I am particularly pleased that the film chosen is the adaptation of one of our greatest plays—Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’—and that the four actors involved are immortal screen actors Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. We are all grateful.”

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