Showing posts from September, 2011

The Wages of Fear (1953) - film review

"Le salaire de la peur" This is a great film, yet it has a fatal flaw in my view. Mario, played by Yves Montand, and his close friend Jo (Charles Vanel), and others are tasked with transporting nitroglycerin (which is very unstable) to a far off site where it's needed. The plot is simple and straightforward. The richness of the film comes from the poignant drama, the three dimensional characterizations provided by the script and principal actors, the use of cut shots to convey emotional content and the use of symbolic imagery,. I strongly disagree with the Sartresque ending however. Japanese films, which are known for having the protagonist(s) die, have a rich history of self-sacrifice. Bound by a strict social code of honor, their death is given context and a meaning, even if we disagree with it. In this film however, the ending feels heavy handed and reeks of the philosophical influence of atheistic existentialism. In pushing against what they saw as the problems

China's Heart

steaming hotpot perfumes the air gleaming summer's sun countryside life earthy and noble unchanged by time daily rhythms a people linked a proud culture kids play innocence of youth their parents dream new society globalized and homogenized what is lost? generations leap the Cultural Revolution Facebook and Twitter fish swim the Yangtze river strong and dynamic return youth to the fields of amber wheat find joy in simple pleasures laughter and song a path walked for millennia follow it well God's creation the beauty unfolds let minds behold before Communism journeyed Apostle Paul across China's soil preaching life eternal in Christ Han people followed a struggle modernism and materialism twin evils abound fear not in China's history a seed planted bearing fruit sweeter than lychee a liberating Gospel dusk now my ears delighted by the erhu drifting asleep i will dream of Jesus's China   -- b