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Jul. 17th, 2006 @ 09:47 pm float like a butterfly, sting like a tongue
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My roommate Naomi and I recently saw Tongue of the Butterfly, a very powerful film about two children and a schoolteacher at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. It's an interesting perspective on war--the entire movie is told from the perspective of a young boy, who knows only the barest facts of what is going on, and there is no footage of actual raids or battles. Some of the slice-of-life sequences in that film are absolutely timeless, and there is a deep and subtle love to this film that you don't see in more cynical war movies.

Naomi is somewhat obsessed with this film and has seen the DVD maybe four times in the last two days. For this particular movie, I can't say I mind.
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From:soullessthinker
Date:July 18th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
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I'm reminded of Ghost of the Fireflies. Is that an accurate paralel save for live-action and culture, or nononon?
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From:erf_
Date:July 18th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
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Not at all, actually. If anything, it's a little like O Brother, Where Art Thou, but only in terms of farming-town scenery and visual aesthetic.
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From:erf_
Date:July 18th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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And do you mean Grave of the Fireflies, or is this something I'm not familiar with?
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From:soullessthinker
Date:July 19th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I do mean Grave. Mistype. :) I see the ghosts of little children sometimes, so that's where it came from.


I love O Brother. Happyhappy.
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From:erf_
Date:July 19th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Where do you see the ghosts?
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From:aesvir
Date:July 18th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
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"Homage for Catalonia"--by George Orwell on his experience fighting the Spanish Civil War--was one of the books that tore apart my impressionable teenage heart. I haven't read it in years but remember Orwell's description of that one golden moment, when a socialist Brotherhood of Man seemed so attainable. It was painful to read about all the idealists who gathered to fight in a foreign land, only to be betrayed their own movement. I would definitely like to see a movie that shows a different perspective.
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From:erf_
Date:July 18th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I've heard of that. There's a collection of Orwell essays in the Anza library; I should look for it there.

This movie doesn't really support either side; it strongly associates the Nationalists with the fascism that would follow the end of the war, but it paints the Republicans as dangerous radicals. It focuses more on the clash of ideologies and its ruinous effect on people who couldn't care less.