Friday, October 14, 2011

"That's Only Part of It..."

I always wondered why this movie was so touching to me. And then I read, "Portions of John Williams' music are derived from Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis."" - and my mind smoothes with comfortable recognition.

Audrey Hepburn's last role, she plays it with such delicacy and lightness that you can hardly stand to watch her. But then there are the planes...all the planes...and the man-filled environment with the one feminine influence. It makes me remember the one job where I was really happy - the one woman among a bunch of guys, carrying my own load. No makeup, no fancy clothes - just manual labor all day and a satisfied exhaustion as your head hits the pillow.

But I know, too, that dulled life of mourning where the only thing that works is the breathing in and out. And then that hesitant, angry yearning when the next chance at love stands in front of you.

But that's life - well, as Audrey says about death - that's only a part of it.

In these dim days when little hope shines there is sometimes only that - the knowledge that this is only a part of it. It is what I like to believe, anyway...

Add it to your movie queue, friends. Especially my wing'd ones...

1 comment:

JohnMXL said...

It's a great movie, and it's fun to see familiar faces (Marg Helgenberger, Keith David) in supporting roles.