Re: Need Wisdom of the List - Movies wit
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 19:38:47 -0500
I thought "Lord of the Flies" was an intriguing suggestion. I don't know if
I would choose it, but it was intriguing.
There are some rather "intense" concepts in there that show what happen to
humans when the "civilizing" influence and the constraints of civilization
are removed. Oh, how quickly we become savages according to both versions
of the movie and the original book.
IMO, the earlier version of this movie is far more powerful, but some of the
references may be lost on today's 13 year olds. Remember, originally they
were British schoolboys - one group were "choir boys" and the other more
militaristic. As an aside, the former group had "their song" which was the
beginning of a Kyrie (Kyrie eleison - translated as Lord have mercy) which
has a hidden meaning in the context of what's happening.
Hmm... which group is more like what Scouts should be? <g>
The newer version is more graphic, but less powerful, IMO in its execution.
I didn't think the "americanization" worked too well. It just didn't seem
as unlikely to watch American kids decay into savages as it did for English
I wonder how much of this film's theme would be lost on today's 13 year
old? Particularly with the older version, would the references in it still
be relevant or understandable. I don't think the audience for either
version were young kids, rather adults who would better understand what was
It's an interesting idea, but I would have to know a lot more about the
subject audience before selecting this. It may be beyond them.
Let me also put in my 2 cents for "Stand By Me".
Just my 2 cents, YMMV...
John Pannell, Unit Commissioner
Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92, working ticket)
but will always be an Eagle (1981)
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