07 May 2009

There's More To Love

Mr. B. decided to watched DVD tonight to take his mind away from energy suckers. He chose to watch Arthur Hiller's 1982 movie Making Love. I don't understand why he chose to watch a movie that would make him cry in the end. Maybe only a stronger emotion can eradicate the strong feeling of helplessness he is experiencing in the farm (yes, the funny one again).

The film is close to Mr. B.'s heart for several reasons. It was when this film was shown when he joined the Writer's Studio (a screenwriters workshop) and he chose this film as an assignment to analyze scene by scene, frame by frame. He had to watch it 3 times to get the sequence treatment on paper. In the process, he became fascinated with the way movies are structured, the way scenes are written and how storytelling through visuals and dialogues can create strong emotional connection with the audience. He told me he watched the movie with his heart the first time, then watched it again second and third time with his brain.

Second reason was Kate Jackson. Mr. B. was a great fan of Charlie's Angels in the late 1970's. Watching one of his favorite angels in a dramatic role in what was supposed to be a ground-breaking cinema (and eventually a cult cinema, in my opinion) was even more spellbinding to him. The very last scene where Kate Jackson whispered "So long, Zack." then turned around to watch his ex-husband leave in his car never failed to bring a tear or two in Mr. B.'s eyes. (And really showed what an underrated actress Kate Jackson is, in my opinion again).

Third reason was Making Love, the song. Right when you start feeling that lump in your throat, Roberta Flack comes in with her heart-tugging rendition of the movie's theme. It makes you want to stay on and savour the bittersweet ending of it all - two people, once in love, now going to different directions in their lives.

Further research told me that Making Love did not make good in the box office and a lot of people walked out in the middle of the screening. It was supposed to break Harry Hamlin's (one of the main actors) career. And Canadian Michael Ontkean (the other main actor) did not quite make it big in the US.

But I say, a good film can withstand the test of time. Humans will remember this film for its honesty in dealing with subject matter way ahead of its time.

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