|1952 The Life of Oharu
This weekend, the Hulu website is streaming Criterion movies for free. What's a Criterion movie you ask? "The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality..."
From time-to-time, some of these wonderful films are available on YouTube, but the quality of the film leaves something to be desired. Like actor's lips not moving in sync with their words---kinda like narcissists caught in a lie. You can see their lips move but the words don't match up with what they're doing. Their words are off in a way you can't quite figure out. If you insist on matching dialog to lips, you'll end up time traveling in another dimension.....just sayin'.
The beauty of watching dubbed foreign films is that lips NEVER match words and you don't expect them to. Hummm, what's the difference between a dubbed foreign film and a narcissist? You, the audience, have no illusions about speaking the same language. Come to think of it, subtitles would be a better option for narcissists than dubbing. You, the audience, would know what the narcissist was up to, no matter what s/he said. When Romeo didn't call for three days and then suddenly showed up with flowers on the fourth, the subtitle would read, "Intermittent Reinforcement". And subtitles would protect you from writing your own script---completely missing the narcissist's plot because you ONLY thought you spoke the same language. (People who speak Narcish are either narcissists, or those who have studied Narcish as a second language---like the people reading my blog.)
1952 The Life of Oharu
This movie touched my heart and even as tragic as the story was (set in 17th Century Japan), it was inspiring. Sometimes we need to see where we've been to appreciate where we are without losing hope of where we'll be. We may never see the changes we hope will come to pass but we recognize the value of our efforts in the context of time---changing the future by changing today.
You can watch a better version of The Life of Oharu on Hulu this week-end, however, there's a permanent link to the movie on The WoN Cinema (not the best quality though...just warning ya).
I'm supposed to be writing a paper on mental illness for an online class I'm taking. Lessee now...should I start my paper or watch a movie? Paper? Movie? Paper scissors stuck between a rock and a good place. O dear, I see Hulu is showing Babette's Feast, a difficult film to find streaming. And Eraserhead...don't you love that movie? 1963's Lord of the Rings, The Face of Another, Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, The Blob, Equinox, even Cronos....paper, movie, paper, movie....Anybody have a favorite?
p.s. Another great film is Purple Noon (1960), later filmed as The Talented Mr. Ripley. You can read about this film on our forum and watch a movie trailer HERE to see if you're interested in viewing the film.