Charles Foster Kane was a great success story, but it didn't end there.
Salieri sank into bitterness as a fool achieved glory and fame while he himself would fade into obscurity.
Daniel Plainview wanted... what, exactly? To overcome God, or at least his nearest representative?
Allie Fox wanted to escape consumer culture and built an ice factory in the jungle.
All kinds of characters were tempted by the power of the One Ring.
And then there are those red shoes, and that black swan.
I'm thinking about ambition, and the films that explore that subject most insightfully and powerfully. It's such an American story: The allure of glory, the dream of succeeding, the struggle to maintain hope against all odds, the unexpected and glorious success story, the tragic collapse of the dream, the fall into ruin, the death by vanity.
I'm interested in films that would help me explore how to discern between unhealthy, selfish zeal and the kind of ambition that helps us become our best selves.
What films come to your mind?
Edited by Overstreet, 16 April 2012 - 08:50 PM.