Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Few Movies I Appreciate

Most of the movies I like the best represent characters I think the most of in a positive and romantic sense. Now I guess I should give some examples.

A Man for All Seasons. I saw this movie while I was in Germany, in German, as a nineteen-year-old. The movie is based upon the true story of St. Thomas More, who refused to endorse King Henry VIII's wish to divorce his aging wife, Catherine, who couldn't bear him a son. He wanted to marry Anne Boleyn, hoping she could bear him a son.

Gandhi. Gandhi was one of my favorite movies. The character, Mohandas Gandhi, sacrificed everything for what he believed was correct. He was portrayed in the movie as sacrificing himself for the dignity and civil rights of his people over against the wealthy ruling classes from Great Britain.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch stood up for the rights of a black man when it was unwise, unpopular, and unproductive to do so. He also set a perfect example for his young kids as a widower father.

Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye wished he was a rich man only to realize by the end of the narrative that, through hard work, love, devotion to family, and compromise, he was already a rich man.

Dances with Wolves. John J. Dunbar is delivered by miracle from certain death and then utilizes his new-found life to make friends and find love among a tribe of Native Americans. There he finds romantic and brotherly love and commits himself to the betterment of the tribe and to their delivery from the wretchedness of the greedy white man.

Holland's Opus. Mr. Holland is a teacher with a thirty year career. He raises a deaf boy, has to deal with cuts in the arts programs at his school, and is tempted to stray from fidelity to his wife in his marriage. However, he remains faithful and true to his wife, his family, his students, and his career. And to his craft. By doing so, he is, over his entire lifetime, able to produce a beautiful symphony, which is a symbol for anyone who stays true to their ideals throughout their lifetime.

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