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#1 Overstreet

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

Kermit the Frog dreamed of making millions of people happy, and succeeded.

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.


#2 Tyler

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:18 PM

The Fountain
Ugetsu
Ikiru
Little Miss Sunshine
All About Eve
Elmer Gantry
Giant
Red Beard (Kurosawa)
Floating Weeds
Throne of Blood
Ran

#3 Joel Mayward

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:43 PM

Hope this random list helps:

Sunset Blvd
Catch Me If You Can
Frankenstein
The Social Network
Gattaca
Ace in the Hole
Hoop Dreams
The King of Kong

I think of plenty of political films that could be considered for both types of ambition: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Ides of March, etc. And if you want to include TV shows, I'd recommend Mad Men.

#4 mrmando

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:00 PM

Bob Roberts
The Big Kahuna
Swimming with Sharks
Macbeth
Julius Caesar
Death of a Salesman
Barton Fink
The Hudsucker Proxy

#5 Christian

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

Glengarry Glen Ross

#6 Joel Mayward

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

I've got more!

Fitzcarraldo
The Mission
The Bridge on the River Kwai