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Mar. 25th, 2003

i just watched harold and maude and now i'm all verklempt. watching the trailer, it seems like the movie cut i saw was uh, missing some stuff. weh. i think this movie was 1971's amelie. it gave nicolas the agita, though; he kept attacking scully. well, she is the older more experienced gal.

it is another example in the hollywood tendency to not-so-subtly hint that the perfect love can only be captured if one partner or the other dies releasing the other lover to a life of joy and freedom... like titanic, and many others... suggestions? i can't remember if cort (russel crowe's character in the quick and the dead) dies. not to be confused with bud cort, who was the kid in H&M. what other movies do this? i know i have thought of more and i can't think of any.

so anyways. i have to reverse my schedule suddenly to go to classes for the next two days which means i need to sleep tonight, which nominally means i should stay up all day and evening. bleah! i am yawning to beat the band. i have a terrible uncontrollable yawning problem lately. even when i'm well rested. whatever!

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salami_salome
Mar. 25th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
I *heart* Harold and Maude! Interesting the observation that you made about love and death in the movies. H and M is, in a way, just like Romeo and Juliet: it is a love that cannot be. The doom is what makes it romantic. Love that lasts and evolved and becomes quotidian does not, for some reason, qualify as a subject for art!
snidegrrl
Mar. 25th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC)
I kind of like the doomed thing. Like, my heart will go on and be free and enjoy life and stuff. I'm a hopeless romantic though. And it's more likely that my heart will go on and become embittered and I'll end up wandering down the street naked like Hedwig. I hope if you haven't seen that movie you make sure to!
tzel
Mar. 25th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
I knew you'd like that movie. :)

City of Angels, Starman (eventhough he doesn't really die), Braveheart and Terminator are all movies that have that brief love which is kept perfect by one of the pair dying (or leaving forever)
snidegrrl
Mar. 25th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
does city of angels have that positive vibe that the person's heart will go on? i've never seen it.
tzel
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
Re:
Oh yeah... totally.
bizarrojack
Mar. 25th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
its like that episode of seinfeld where george decides he will end everything on a high note, and starts leaving meetings and conversations immediately after saying something useful (I now notice that this happens in every terrible sitcom, without the self awareness of course. Characters are always busily coming and going from rooms as if they have somewhere to be, just to deliver a joke and then remove their pointless presence from the scene. It feels fake and annoying to me now)
Nonetheless, it's a totally true phenomena. Most things that are good could be considered to be "ruined" by being real but i presume that you are what I would describe as "correct," to not look at life that way. You start with something exciting, and work your way down to boring, with pits of annoyance and occasional rage and sadness. That dont make it bad.
snidegrrl
Mar. 25th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
I wll never be boring to myself. This is how I win.
cheetahmaster
Mar. 25th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a perfect, ideal romantic love when it ends like that sure, because you don't have to live with the other person and find out Leo doesn't like picking his clothes off the floor, or that Kate doesn't brush her teeth before bed.

It's finding out those little inconsistencies and *still* loving the other person that takes it from the realm of romantic, ideal and imaginary love and makes it real.

I'm pretty sure authors talked about this with artists back in the romantic period.
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snidegrrl
Mar. 28th, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
Some movies feature breakups... but they always end with the person finding someone new. I think I may challenge my LJ friends to come up with movies that leave a breakup and yet still are happily ever after.

Thanks for bringing up these points of discourse on the movie! I didn't understand clearly that her husband had died much earlier.
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necrocannibal
Mar. 25th, 2003 09:51 pm (UTC)
music
hey, you're listening to cat stevens? I heard a funny story about him.
snidegrrl
Mar. 26th, 2003 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: music
and you are not going to tell it??? :)
mcoletti
Mar. 29th, 2003 10:29 am (UTC)
I own the DVD and have watched it several times.

I love the mini-hearse!
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