“The Hours” – The Movie
Posted by Jerry on January 4, 2006
I recently bought the collectors edition of "The Hours" – a movie adapted from Michael Cunningham's novel with the same name. It is a story of Virginia Woolf as the writer of "Mrs. Dalloway", a reader reading "Mrs. Dalloway", and a character who is throwing a party, much like "Mrs. Dalloway".
Anyway, it's a great movie – one of my favorites. I've watched it atleast 5 times now. I so deeply identify with movie's sense of life on the whole, and I specifically identify with Virginia Woolf and the "reader's" (played by Julian Moore) sense of what life should be.
I decided to pick out some favorite quotes from the movie to express the sentiments that I identify with:
Virginia: "I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of these suburbs… but the violent jolt of the capital, that is my choice!
The meanest patient, just even the very lowest, is allowed some say in the matter of her own prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity."
Julian Moore: "What does it mean to regret when you have no choice? It's what you can bear.
There it is…no one is going to forgive me. It was death. I chose life."
Virginia: "…to look life in the face, always… to look life in the face… and to know it… for what it is… at last to know it… to love it… for what it is…"
And being consistent with the theme and the spirit of these quotes, I bring up my own thoughts on this issue from one of my earliest blogposts, "Life As it Ought to be":
"Life should be enticing. Life must have some texture. You must… feel that you're living. You must be seduced and intoxicated by your life. It is only the irregularities of anguish and happiness, pain and joy, contentment and desire that creates the texture of life."