Sunday, October 4, 2009


There are a handful of movies that I have seen so many times, that have each become so much apart of my psychic life that I feel, when I watch them, that I am in the movie, that I am living the life of the movie.

Ridiculous, but it it so.

Such is the power of a good movie well told.

Such is the weakness of my shabby soul.

I say the lines along with the actors. I sing the songs. I cast the side-long glances.

My all-time favorite movie, "Lawrence of Arabia" is largely exempt from this personal psychosis. The movie is simply too vast, too enormous for me to traverse. O'Toole was so impossibly handsome and blond that it is hard for me to transport myself into his boots and up onto one of those camels. Nevertheless, I love the movie. I rarely watch it on TV because it is the great epic and we need that 35 foot screen or better to capture the sense of its scope and beauty.

On the other hand...

How many times have I watched "The Godfather" or "Funny Girl?"

Basically any time they show up on the tube.

I will tell myself that I'll just check in and catch a few scenes.


Not till all the men are kissing Michael's hand, while Kay looks on amidst the packing boxes and Barbra sings the last note of "My Man" am I released.

Look...there's a reason G-d invented popcorn.


Anonymous said...

Lovely. How great to know you are such a romantic. When reading the effect these movies have on you, I actually swooned a little. Same here. "The Godfather" (first two) and Jane Eyre" (with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine) get me every time. No longer am I in my apartment, but there, tucked behind a curtain or invisible in the room, with the characters. Do you find when the movie is over that it takes a while to shake it off? Do you walk around in a fog for a bit? I sure do, seeing the whole world through different eyes. Love it. They don't make movies like that anymore. They're mostly quick and dirty, with no soul, direction, or dialogue.

Anonymous said...

David, you've almost perfected the great escape. First a trip to the Gulf Islands then a nostalgic look at some great movies. AHHHH.
It almost makes you forget that:
Vancouver is broke and being guided by a wing nut mayor
The liberals have almost killed Santa and the tooth fairy.
The provincial NDP couldn't run a campaign against Adolf Hitler
The three federal opposition parties are tripping over themselves to make Harper look good.

Yep, a movie and ride on BC Ferries sounds like a nice idea