Cutting Celluloid (OC’s July Issue)

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

Cutting Celluloid

July 2009

Wanting to suspend my imagination I decided to watch McG’s Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. Needles to say my imagination was dizzyingly suspended for a 115-minutes.

I don’t usually do a summer blockbuster roundups as I don’t have the time to go and watch everything playing in Jordan, even though it has been an eventful month.

We had X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring the charismatic Hugh Jackman, who helmed the title character with its all its machismo, blow-dried hairdo and Adamantium claws, since X-Men hit the silver screen back in 2000. Not forgetting the two sequels that followed: X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.

Well, the three movies that I chose for this month’s issue of On Campus’s Cutting Celluloid offer us different existential interpretations of life than the one found in the Terminator franchise.

Fedrico Fellini’s 1954 La Strada, this month’s The Cut, is about a traveling showman, Zampano, whose only concern in life is end’s meat. After buying a girl, Gelsomina, from her family the strongman sets out to earn money by showcasing his strength in breaking an iron chain with an exhale. The girl gradually warms up to the rough and selfish man—a thing that will land her in dire straits.

The most memorable dialogue is taken from Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal), which I consider to be the definitive existential movie that we all should watch as it asks the same questions that many ask: Why are we borne to die?

As for the must see-scene I chose a scene from Vincent Ward’s 1998 What Dreams May Come as it offers us a very philosophical hypothesize about life after death through the eternal love that adjoins two individuals, who were separated by death.

Movies are about suspending imagination, no more, no less, whether you were watching a fictitious rendition of a world ruined by a self-induced and mechanic apocalypse, or crossing the countryside with a knight, a squire and a traveling troupe of actors, who are being chased after by Death, through medieval Sweden.


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