Wednesday, January 04, 2006

"The Hours" - The Movie

I recently bought the collectors edition of "The Hours" - a movie adapted from Michael Cunningham's novel with the same name. It is a story of Virginia Woolf as the writer of "Mrs. Dalloway", a reader reading "Mrs. Dalloway", and a character who is throwing a party, much like "Mrs. Dalloway". Anyway, it's a great movie - one of my favorites. I've watched it atleast 5 times now. I so deeply identify with movie's sense of life on the whole, and I specifically identify with Virginia Woolf and the "reader's" (played by Julian Moore) sense of what life should be. I decided to pick out some favorite quotes from the movie to express the sentiments that I identify with: Virginia: "I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of these suburbs... but the violent jolt of the capital, that is my choice! The meanest patient, just even the very lowest, is allowed some say in the matter of her own prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity." Julian Moore: "What does it mean to regret when you have no choice? It's what you can bear. There it is...no one is going to forgive me. It was death. I chose life." Virginia: "...to look life in the face, always... to look life in the face... and to know it... for what it is... at last to know it... to love it... for what it is..." And being consistent with the theme and the spirit of these quotes, I bring up my own thoughts on this issue from one of my earliest blogposts, "Life As it Ought to be": "Life should be enticing. Life must have some texture. You must... feel that you're living. You must be seduced and intoxicated by your life. It is only the irregularities of anguish and happiness, pain and joy, contentment and desire that creates the texture of life."

8 Comments:

Blogger Semperviva said...

I've heard that this is an amazing movie, from mah fren peter, the one who makes up in my psyche, along with u and some others a conglomerative (thats not a word is it?)character known as asch dempsey lol ;)

1/04/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Semperviva said...

"Life should be enticing. Life must have some texture. You must... feel that you're living. You must be seduced and intoxicated by your life. It is only the irregularities of anguish and happiness, pain and joy, contentment and desire that creates the texture of life."


awesome. very cool quote Jer :D

1/04/2006 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger innommable said...

What an awesome movie... can I borrow it Ergo?

1/04/2006 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger Semperviva said...

lol jer i quoted you on my blog... haha so u remember when i posted that hing that said

"can someone tell said blogger "ergo sum" that i am in love with him?

ahahaha!
oh, the irony

1/04/2006 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ergo Sum said...

Sure, I'll let you borrow it, Innommable...

I've had a strangely busy day today... and I had so many things I had planned to blog about! Oh well... it's almost time to go home now though.

1/04/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Gazoo said...

Not only is this one of my favorite movies, the first quote is my favorite scene. I'm surprised you haven't seen this before.

1/04/2006 05:44:00 PM  
Blogger Semperviva said...

if u like virginia wolf u should def. read a room of ones own

1/04/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ergo Sum said...

It has come to my awareness that the director of "The Hours", Stephen Daldry, is also the director of "Billy Elliot"! And that is one of my other all-time favorite movies... notice it's on my profile "movies" section.

1/05/2006 12:55:00 PM  

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