Saturday, December 15, 2007

A wonderful life...and it's all there in black and white.

Tonight I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" for the umpteenth time and every time I watch it, I discover something new and "wonderful". I think it is one of those masterpieces that captures the viewer at a present state of mind. That is truly what makes a timeless piece a timeless piece and therefore a masterpiece.
In the Very beginning of the movie even before the angels are conversing in the heavenly's there are people randomly, openly calling upon the Lord for direction and protection over George. Mary is heard telling the Lord that she loves Him and prays that George be protected. No where in today's movie making realm would that be allowed.
It touched me, reaffirmed my belief that we have lost sight of what is good and pure. That movie, the commitment of George to Mary. The commitment of Mary to George is real, is what love is. Mary knew, she just knew that George would lasso the moon and hold it in his hands until there was no more light to emanate from it.
Tonight was also different in that I exposed my friend to this classic. He was touched, enthralled by the dialogue, the cinematography, the relationships, the story.
Yesterday it was my honor to share with him the classic, "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.
I guess I am still a teacher, and there is much to learn.
Have we spent so much time capturing the now that we have lost the then? Classics, are classics because they are timeless and they are timeless because they are masterpieces.
Give yourself a treat, go back in time to a much simpler place. It really is all there in black and white.