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Setting the Mood Scenery in The Quiet Man and December Bride In Irish films such as The Quiet Man and December Bride aspects of nature such as scenery and weather implicate the overall moods of the film and personality of the characters Scenery also depicts Ireland itself in two different ways since both filmmakers are using an abundance of landscapes but are representing Irelands unique environment way The Quiet Man directed by John Ford an American filmmaker shows Ireland as a tourist attraction and paradise getaway whereas in December Bride directed by Thaddeus OSullivan scenery is not quite so rich and green Both filmmakers used vast landscape in their films but scenes in The Quiet Man represents Ireland in a cartoonist and unrealistic way that makes the film sort of silly In December Bride OSullivan uses a certain grayish tone to the scenery making Ireland look sort of stark and not so humble giving the viewer a different feeling when looking at the landscapes and scenery This feeling in December Bride is different from the cheerful mood of The Quiet Man It is almost depressing because of the atmosphere The Quiet Man is a film about an Irish-American Sean Thornton played by John Wayne returning to his homeland Sean is an attractive young man with a witty personality who brings life to the town of Inisfree However he is hiding a dark secret which is why he is moving back to the enchanting Emerald Isle He had inadvertently killed a man in a boxing match and could not deal with this tragedy so he escaped from America to the picturesque and scenic green hills of Ireland With its vividly green scenery tumbling hills stone cottages and bright blue sky Ford is showing that Ireland is a place that Americans should go in order to elude their problems This Ireland is one that attracts the American eye because its scenery and landscape is overpowering
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