Young & Old

Madadayo

Mase in 1998, when he was 83 years old, Madadayo was the last film by the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, who died in 1998.  And yet the very title of the film argued against death: Madadayo means “not yet!”  This is the ritual cry which the film’s old professor shouts out at the end of every one of his birthday parties.  It essentially means that although death will come an may be near, life still goes on.
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Compassion & Contempt

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, captivated readers with its stark portrayal of five characters striving to break out of his or her isolated existence.  What is especially interesting is that each character is isolated in very different ways.  The deaf-mute John Singer (Alan Arkin, in the film) cannot communicate with most of the world because he cannot speak; Mick Kelly (Sondra Locke, in the film) cannot communicate with anyone in her family because they do not share her intelligence and ambition; Biff Brannon is left alone when his wife dies; Dr. Copeland is alienated from his family and other black people because of his education and viewpoints; Jake Blount is alone in his radical views and in that he is a newcomer in town.

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