It is no secret I like old black & white movies, English kitchen sink movies, Ealing comedies and all the rest, but…
I could never bring myself to watch Carry on films or films of that ilk. I was at an Anglican based conference where the whole room (bar me) could recite part of Carry on sketch.
This is not a confession piece that I am now an avid Carry On watcher. But I have begun to reflect and what it is in those movies that I find unpalatable and yet Hot Fuzz I could watch every day for a year.
I was reminded again yesterday of “A Taste of Honey” and that inevitably got me to “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”
There is something in both those movies that is seen in people today; ‘there’s no point,’ ‘why bother,’
Because if we don’t bother, if we don’t care, then who will. I am struggling my way through BBC3’s documentaries this week. They are so hard to watch, I am having more nightmares than usual, but, I remember the nightmares I had after watching the above two films:
People with dead eyes or no eyes having a complete “Clockwork Orange” frenzy – just because they can. A lawlessness in every aspect of their lives. I am going to Ealing Comedy myself out of these nightmares with “Passport to Pimlico” on top of the list.
For any house owner who wants nightmares, may I suggest a foray into the mind of Grahame Greene and his short story turned into a drama, “The Destructors.”
Having said all that, there is hope for humanity, dead eyes, vacant eyes, pedestrian living can be transformed into real living. All a person has to do is turn to the Lord and He will take care of the rest.
A funny thing did happen on the way to the film forum, this week, I looked at my daily verse:
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
I have hope, because I have made that choice. I stand firm in my faith of the risen King and because of that – vacant eyes have become engaged.
Praise the Lord!