Saturday, November 17, 2012

UST Communications Art Assignment: Movies I love most

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Lesson on Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid, DZRB 738 KHz. AM with Ms Melly C Tenorio, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday  

3CA3 Second Assignment
List down the movies you have watched with the theme related to your course in Communications Art, and critique the one that is most relevant. (Handwritten on a short bond.) 

The Movies I Love Most 

Italian movie which won 43 awards, beating any of Hollywood's bemedalled movies.  Gingerly hilarious at the start, the plot turns serious as a happy family is whisked to a Nazi concentration camp.  Here human compassion, love, dedication, and endurance are put to test in the midst of extreme danger. The story gives one the thought that "tragedy of one is the victory of others, " but not as an equation.  It is about heroism, it is about love in the purest sense of the word that a man can give to his family, and to his fellowmen and country. 

Considered to be the greatest novel ever written. (Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal ranks with this novel and other novels of the same political theme - the dawn of independence and the birth of new nations.) Europe was in turmoil in the 18th century at the crossroad of imperialism and proletarianism.  Inflamed by the French Revolution's trilogy - Liberte, Fraternite, and Egalite, the book - like Noli - inspired  nationalism 
that subsequently toppled centuries-old master-slave relationship, thus ending imperialism in the Western world, and colonization on the other side of the globe - Asia, South America and Africa, and many island countries.  

A romantic story in the midst of the American civil war, top grosser of all time. War is not a deterrent to love and its frivolities.  It fact it becomes intense - more intense for that matter - than the civil conflict costing thousands of lives, when love itself is not fulfilled, turning to hatred and abandonment.  "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.!"

Les Miserables was introduced to me at a young age by my dad.  I have kept the book since then. My children curiously asked why the book is so important. It is contemporary to Tolstoy's War and Peace, and one who has read both, or viewed their movies, would understand more of the values of life in a troubled world in the past as it is in the present.  The indomitable character of man to aim at freedom, justice, brotherhood, are ingrained in the human person, so with the society of which he is a part. 
The Gods Must be Crazy (Original, first of 3 versions) is a  story about civilization. Why are the Bushmen in an Africa desert  more "civilized" than us in our post-modern world? And why do they lead a happier and more contented life? 

Other Favorite Movies 
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Fiddler on the Roof
  3. Dr Zhivago
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  5. The Little Prince
  6. The Sound of Music 
  7. My Fair Lady
  8. Dead Poet Society
  9. Swiss Family Robinson
  10. Castaway
  11. The Fourth Wise Man
  12. Mother Teresa
  13. Oliver, Oliver
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo
  15. Gulliver's Travel
  16. Great Expectation
  17. The Prince and the Pauper
  18. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  19. A Beautiful Mind
  20. Gandhi
  21. Fly Away Home
  22. Luther
  23. The Mountain Man
  24. The Rain Man
  25. The Ten Commandments
  26. Reporters at War
  27. Shattered Glass
  28. Hawaii 
  29. An Inconvenient Truth 
  30. South Pacific

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