Persona, on 17 November 2010 - 06:55 PM, said:
yank_eh, on 16 November 2010 - 11:15 PM, said:
Are you saying that everything on the A+F Top 100 list is about Sehnsucht?
Yeah, that is what I'm saying. Certain films in particular, but most of the Top 20 (three or four of which I still need to see). I didn't look at your link and it's been years since I've used the word, but from what I remember it seems that this is a high qualifier that goes along with words like "mystery" and "spiritual." I like your word a lot better than "spiritual" though, in terms of how I think of the list.
I was referring to C.S. Lewis' discussion of his feeling/longing of "northerness" after being exposed to Norse inspired poetry, art and music (discussions of which first appear in his autobiography Surprised by Joy
). He later goes on to explain this "longing" as painful, piercing, fleeting, and being just a tiny bit of a hint of the real joy that God meant for us. So when I think of the term Sehnsucht
, I think of the longing for the things of heaven ... And while anything spiritually themed has the potential to include this longing, I've personally found that I experience it very rarely. But I do identify with what Lewis was talking about, every rare once in a while ... a scene in a film, a bit of music, a little light and wind flowing through a tree ... can give you just a hint of it, but it's a powerful hint and as soon as you realize it's there, it seems like it's gone.
So yes, it is a word much more specific than the word "spiritual." On the top 100 list for example, I could see Wings of Desire
being focused on this theme. Not on the top 100 list, I could see Joe versus the Volcano
being focused on this theme. Both films have characters at specific times trying to express exactly what C.S. Lewis was trying to express. They pretty much all fail at expressing it, but you still know what they are talking about.
But anyhow, if this discussion goes much farther, it should probably be broken off into a separate thread.