EdB99

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    Citizen Kane; The Godfather trilogy; Casablanca
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    Charles Dickens; Jane Austen; C.S. Lewis
  1. I nominated Now, Voyager (1942). The Bette Davis character wakes up from an existent bound by a controlling, abusive mother. With the help of a great psychiatrist, she becomes willing to take the risk to go on a vacation by herself through which she wakes up to the bigger world beyond the walls of the house and the mother she's been bound to. On the vacation, she develops a romance with a married man, and the romance is what's most talked about with this movie and it certainly is an important part of her waking up but much more significant is that the romance paves a way for her to facilitate an awakening just like she's had for her lover's daughter.
  2. Title: Now, VoyagerDirector: Irving RapperYear: 1942Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035140/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one.
  3. I nominated two films with very dark portrayals of waking up. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) shows characters awakening from their delusions of patriotism and heroism into the reality and horror of what war really is. Pressure Point (1962) shows us the process of a Neo-Nazi's indoctrination, waking up to his newfound view of self and others while. The Nazi character (played terrifyingly by Bobby Darin) is in prison in the 50s, and his story is told in flashback by his psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier), and we see many times where the the psychiatrist has to deal with his own fears of having his own dark "awakening." The more he learns of the evil his patient is capable of, the more he is tempted to "wake up" to the hatred and evils that he may be more prone to. The trailers that I posted for each of these films on the nominations board shows the dark "awakenings" that I'm talking about very well.
  4. Title: Pressure PointDirector: Hubert CornfieldYear: 1962Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056370/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one
  5. Title: All Quiet on the Western Front Director: Lewis MilestoneYear: 1930Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020629/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  6. I nominated The Color Purple (1985). The clip that I posted on the nominations board shows the awakening of an entire community. In this scene, Shug Avery, a singer known for her promiscuity, is singing and abruptly changes songs, a powerful metaphor for the transformation that comes with a spiritual awakening. With the second song she sings, she starts walking towards the church her father pastors, reconciles with him, and a mass of people following behind her called into this awakening. This is just one of many spiritual awakenings that happens in the The Color Purple; I highlight it because it involves so many people. The whole story, though, is an awakening for the main character Celie, who wakes up able to move beyond the horrible past of victimhood to abuse from her father and then from her "husband" who she calls "mister." She awakens to regain lost relationships, self-respect, and an answer to all the prayers we've seen her praying as she walks in the field since her childhood.
  7. Title: The Color PurpleDirector: Steven SpielbergYear: 1985Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/?ref_=tt_rec_tt YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one
  8. I nominated Searching for Bobby Fischer. The young chess player's father experiences a powerful spiritual awakening. For most of the movie, he is much like a stereotypical competitive athlete-dad who lives his own dreams vicariously through his son's games, to the point of inflicting emotional abuse on his son. But the boy in Searching for Bobby Fischer has a love for chess, not for beating people, and the grace through which he plays the game eventually rubs off on his father, and his father awakens from his own past failures and crushed dreams, now willing to let his son be himself. The father is touched by his son's display of all the un-competative characteristics that he previously shunned. He wakes up to embrace the charity and hope for humanity that his son so freely gives, and he wakes up to pride in his son based on these characteristics, not based on his performance or achievement.
  9. Title: Searching for Bobby FischerDirector: Stevne ZaillianYear: 1993Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108065/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one
  10. I nominated Awakenings (1990), not because of the temporary physical awakenings of encephalitis patients who have been in vegetative states for many years (what the title refers to), but because of the doctor's spiritual awakening. Through the awakenings and eventual un-awakening of each patient, the doctor wakes up to realities of life's preciousness, brevity, and the goodness within himself that he hasn't recognized. He awakens to a new understanding of what it means to be alive.
  11. Title: AwakeningsDirector: 1990Year: Penny MarshallLanguage: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099077/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one.
  12. I nominated David and Lisa (1962). David, suffering from a form of OCD, keeps himself at a distance from other people, saying "a touch can kill" when someone so much as wants to shake his hand. His friendship with fellow patient Lisa eventually wakes him up to a new sense of reality that a touch can actually be life-giving.
  13. Title: David and LisaDirector: Frank PerryYear: 1962Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055892/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one
  14. Second: Contact, Fruitvale Station, and Last Holiday