November 28, 2005
Den Eneste Ene
At first, I had a hard time find any meaning for love in this film. I guess the film did show that love is something that our culture struggles with. Too many people marry for the wrong reasons and find it out too late. Today, love is more of a temperory thing than somthing that will last forever. I believe that love is a real emation, one that can overcome any obstical, but, today what some people call love is mrealy an attacment to the physical and once that fades, loves goes with it. This film showed examples of several types of love. (This is where I forget the names of the characters and just throw in a bunch of discriptions). The couple who sold kitchens displayed a real type of love. Although they seemed to clash in some areas, underneath that all was love. An extention of that love was their adopted child. She was a symbol of their love to the world and this love was displayed by how they (mainly the father) cared so much for this girl that he was not willing to let her go. The Italian couple, on the other hand, repreasents more of the type of love which our culture today may not condone, however, accepts. Their love was based on the physical, material parts of the relationships which led the the husdand to cheat on his wife with another woman with a higher physical and material status than the one he already had. After this "love" fell apart, she tried to make him jelous in attempt for them to "fall in love" all over again. Although many may think it is, this is, in my eyes, this is not love. Live is not seen on a T.V. screen or in the theaters, love is an common emotion that you'll know when you find it.
November 21, 2005
The One and Only
I thought the “The One and Only” was an entertaining, but very stereotypical movie. I liked that the movie tried to cover some pretty serious problems in today’s society, but I feel that some of these issues were just reinforcing popular beliefs rather than morally addressing the issues. I mean obviously we all know that Italian men make terrible husbands, but in the when Sonny’s character curses Denmark in the abortion clinic, I just felt that the movie was just reinforcing stereotypical beliefs by villainizing a stereotypical character. However, I think the movie did address some important issues well. I did like how the movie supported the idea of family unity being more important than genetic inheritance. It was not even an issue that the Father’s role in parenting was more important to his genetic ties to his children. The main character was willing to marry a woman pregnant with another man’s child without any hesitation, because he was that in love with her. It’s really amazing how much modern society has traveled from the days of Ibsen.
November 20, 2005
Den Eneste Enne
I just don’t know about this movie. Both Sus and Niller suffered traumatic ends to their relationships. For them to be able to move on so quickly and effortlessly is just dumb. I suppose it’s to show how true love can transcend anything, but it just seems to cheapen and simplify the concept of love. I mean, Niller built a life with a woman who was run over by a car, for crying out loud, and weeks later, he’s moved on. Relationships are not this disposable. Even if Niller wasn’t “in love” with his wife anymore, her death should be more than a minor inconvenience to him. I was also a little bothered by the abortion clinic scene. A woman makes the obviously painful choice to have an abortion, and is “saved” from making a “terrible mistake” by the strapping hero. This just reduces her to the role of a passive creature who is controlled by emotion.
One and Only
The One and only I thought represented a overly simplistic view of love and marriage. The end of the movie showed cliche and imaginary love at first sight with happy ending. It joined a morally elevated man with a sexy but not too sexy passive woman/mother. This kind of love probably does not exist and it just seems to easy. Love needs to be worked at, it doesn't grow on trees like this movie might have one believe.
Another part of the movie I found problematic was its portrayals of people as their stereotypes. Danish prudish woman married to an oversexed Italian foreigner, and a henpecked but perfect man married to an overbearing sexless woman. It created an environment that left every variation from the norm looking either ridiculous or evil. It was a comedy I guess, but it just seemed preachy, especially with the scene in the abortion clinic.The doctors were villianized and the patient was their victim. I don't know. I feel there were much deeper issues running below the surface of this movie that I didn't quite trust. It was funny and cute though in places.
Den eneste Ene
I’d say that “Den eneste Ene” doesn’t present an exactly ideal picture of the modern marriage. At the movie’s start, we don’t know how each of the existing relationships started out, but they’ve wound up being crummy in certain ways. Sure, each couple wants to have a child, but both seem too focused on superficial aspects of their relationships – Sonny concerned about having a real “bella” for a wife, and Lizzie controlling what sorts of things their adopted daughter will play with. Luckily, those two characters are dispensed with, more or less, so the two remaining – who have more interest in the specifics of having a family – have no problems winding up together at the end.
November 16, 2005
The One and Only
So this movie again made me realize how much I like foreign films...at least the two that we've seen in this class. I thought the little girl was really funny--how she only said one word the whole movie and it was "fuck." Hehe. Anyways, so about this movie and modern relationships...I think it is very true to form. These days people don't seem to even date before rushing into things...they see someone and all of a sudden they are in love and getting married. So I saw this as very truthful. I found it interesting, however, how fast the two people moved on from their previous relationships. Obviously they both weren't happy in them, but he was still married for many years and she was also and got cheated on on top of it all, but that didn't matter to them. But, with the divorce rate as it is these days, it's not the most surprising thing that could happen. It was one of those movies that made you happy at the end cause the good guys found true love and happiness...and the ones you didn't like were killed (gruesome) or punched in the face alot (hehe).
Pastor manders is a typical man of the time. He thinks that men are perfect and women should just be subservient. Is that the word I'm looking for? Is it a word, it seemed to pop into my head as the word I wanted, I don't know. Anyways, moving on. He shows me that his biblical ideas are just that...the same as in the bible. The men are the ones that work and have this hard life, and the women just sit at home and are supposed to make their lives perfect. So if they are complaining of something being wrong, it is their fault, not the mans. Cause he's perfect right? Even when his friend told him that her marriage sucked, he didn't want to listen--she's bad mouthing her husband, how dare she? He is trapped in a bubble and refuses to come out of it, no matter what happens.
November 14, 2005
the last entry with the weird symbol is my entry( marit turner)
Gengangere: Laura Clementi
This passage from Ibsen's play makes it very clear that Pastor Manders' view on the two genders is quite conservative, and one of a male-dominating manner. When Fru Alving asks Pastor Manders if he thinks Alving was purer than Johanne was when she married him, Manders responds by saying that the two situations are completely different. This implies that to him, it is much more understandable for a man to be impure in life, and is almost implying that is to be expected. He makes Johanne's actions out to be something much more obscene and unacceptable in comparison to Alving's actions. His reaction to Fru Alving's questions imply that because Alving is a man, his actions were much more easily forgiven.
As for what the passage says about Fru Alving's view of marriage; her words indicate that she does not view marriage as something that is done out of love. She comments that the only real difference between Johanne and Alving's situations was the amount of money involved, with Alving's situation involving much more monetarily. It shows that she sees no difference between the potential for impurity and poor decisions in men and women, as money can drive anyone to make a commitment, whether love is present or not.
Ghosts: Martha Aurelius
Even though Pastor Manders views are usually blinded by the Bible, his opinions on marriage are quite surprising. He believes that it was wrong for Johanna to fall into prostitution and become a "fallen women." Manders also believed that it was wrong for Jakob to marry a woman like that. Yet, he didn't believe that Mrs. Alving's husband could ever be "dirty" or a fallen man because Captain Alving was known as a man of distinction. Then, Mrs. Alving basically admitted that she only married her husband for his fortune and not for his love. She never wanted to be apart of the stereotypical marraige, the Christian marriage.