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The Pianist

Ended up having a night in all by my lonesome this evening.

I watched Roman Polanski's 'The Pianist' for the first time and I can honestly say it certainly deserved the Oscars and BAFTAs it won. Superb film. It was very moving and whilst I was initially getting worried about watching it when I'm not at my most 'high spirited' (I thought it might tip the balance from 'annoyed and apathetic' into the 'depressed and upset' zone) I came through it intact and with a very deep appreciation of what many people had to endure only a few decades ago.

The end of WWII was in 1945. That was 27 years before I was born. I can remember 27 years ago (I would have been 5 going on 6). 27 years is not a long time. 60 years is not a long time either, although we tend to think of WWII in a very distant context. It was something that our grandparents (or maybe parents or great-grandparents) fought in and lived through. It's something we see in hollywood blockbusters or old black and white newsreel footage. The pictures look so ancient that it must have been long ago. It wasn't and that was brought home to me tonight.

I was also amazed/appalled at how so many people could just roll over and take the abuse and tyranny that was aimed at them. People just stepping to one side and watching their country, their city, their neighbours, their family pulled apart and destroyed. People ignoring what was going on around them whilst a corrupt and malicious government beat people into submission with an fanatical ideology. Whilst others planned, assisted and eventually fought back.

I'd end up getting myself killed. I'm pretty sure I'd end up trying to help someone or saying something 'inappropriate' or just letting my emotion get the better of me. Or at least that's what I'd hope I'd do (the fighting back part, preferrably not the getting killed but) but I don't know, none of us really know, until we're faced with the situation. I sincerely hope that the world never sees anything remotely like WW2 (or WW1 for that matter - but that was a very different war) again.


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Feb. 20th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that people were upset that the Pianist won oscars, not due to the merit / content of the film, but more the fact that the director Polanski is / was a peadophile and cannot enter America because he still has indecent assualt charges pending from the (late?) seventies.

And as for human's not repeating the atrocities of war - we already are. There are countries in Europe repeating the same mistakes right now, Right down to pre-meditated genocide and neighbours killing neighbours.

I won't even go into the atrocities taking place on the African continent, and Tibet is a mess.

I'm glad you found it uplifting, but complacency is dangerous. The human race is it's own worst enemy and thtat won't change unless we manage to find a bigger, common enemy.

Sunday mornings? don't you just love em ?
Feb. 20th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
I'm not sure if 'uplifting' is the right word to use. Emotional and response-provoking certainly.

There are many things in the world today which are bad. Just because they are on a smaller scale makes them no less wrong and their are are millions of people who just seem prepared to sit back and 'hope it stops soon' or 'won't affect them'. The problem is when it does affect them they're too late.

I wish humanity had more of a backbone against bullies and tyrants. I wish people did speak out more against politicians, governments, corporations, etc, that are corrupt and immoral. I wish people took a stand for our environment, were prepared to make concessions and compromises on the way 'they expect to live' in order to help others and our future generations. The bottom line is that most humans are greedy and/or are scared. That's why we see so many problems in this world. It's all ME ME ME.

To be honest it does make me sick. It makes me sick to see one of the most powerful nations on this planet abusing it's powers at home and abroad. It makes me sick that countries such as Australia and the USA don't sign up to treaties such as Kyoto which would ultimately benefit everyone because of 'business' or other self-serving concerns. It makes me sick that neighbours attack neighbours worldwide because they are from a different tribe/religion/skin colour/sexual orientation. It makes me sick that slmoat two million people marched against war in London and the government ignored them and gave out 'incorrect' information to the media and Parliament and went to war and are still in power with most of the population having seemingly forgotten about it or has a "it's too late to care" attitude.

These people are scum. They may not be lining people up in concentration camps but they are making our world a mess, promoting hatred, and certainly don't have 'humanities' best interests at heart.

There is so much that could be done o make this planet a better place. Not only for humanity but for the planet and other creatures that live on it. But humanity won't do that because WE like being greedy WE like war. I agree the human race is it's own worst enemy and I also agree that until such time when we all face a larger, more common, enemy or extinction becaus eof our own actions then we're not going to stop doing what we're doing. Even then we'll be bickering between ourselves and trying to get 'one up' over the next man.

Sorry, hit a nerve. Rant over.
Feb. 20th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
Rant maybe but well said! I see pictures of what 'we' are doing to the Poles, to the forests, to the planet in general and I simply cannot comprehend why. We could do so much more that would benefit our home and yet the governments allow wholesale destruction!

It's alien to me, seriously.
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
I saw youre reply to angus and checked out your biog:

Known for:
Feeding people into submission.

This (obviously) makes you exquisitly faboo. Can I friend your journal please?
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
You may indeed! I've collected a fair few people over the past weeks. :)
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
Yeah, so I've been seeing :p
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
*raspberry noise*
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: sadness
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
innapropriate response?
How come your'e rant makes me want to give you a big ole hug?
Feb. 20th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: innapropriate response?
That's a better feeling than I had. After ranting I wanted to go out and punch an MP/CEO :p

Hugs are better though.

Actually, everyone should go out and hug an MP or CEO. We should initiate a country-wide, no international, hug protest to show these bastards there is love in the world and more to life than money and power.

Hmmm..... actually that isn't a bad protest actually...... (minds starts clicking into gear....:)
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