barbara l.


Somerville, MA

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June 12, 2013


What's a movie that's helped shape or changed the way you think about a topic?

the return of martin guerre, which was set in france during a turnover period. a woman marries badly. her husband leaves the family and takes up the life of a soldier. years later, he comes back and he is a kinder, wiser man. ethical and moral questions abound. also, enjoyed seeing the different customs of another time. for example, the degree to which marriage was seen not just as a contract between two people but as a commitment to the community.

What's a book or play that did the same as above?

theatrically, the work that has the strongest appeal to me would be the drama cycle that august wilson created, which covers an urban community in the 20th century. it is so rich, reminds me of a hieronymous bosch painting, the garden of earthly delights. humanity and its extensive range reflected. engages the eye, the ear, the insight, and it teems with history, personality, event. a stunning and full achievement. was just reading an essay about the dance beliefs of ruth st. denis, an early 20th century dancer. her belief was that dance aligned the human body with its internal spirituality. there is something liturgical about the writing of august wilson. he presents us with a 20th century liturgy of a people in pain who are struggling to achieve the fullness of their spirituality and their possibility. the aesthetic work to which i am drawn shows us as inspirational and aspirational figures. theater, for me, is akin to religion. it expresses collective values and beliefs.


love film, foreign and domestic. love theater and all the arts. attended high school in a canadian convent so the questions of ethics and morality, particularly in today's world but also through the ages, fascinate me too. stimulated by thinking.

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