ロビン・ウィリアムズさん追悼

先のロビン・ウィリアムズさん死去のニュースは衝撃でした。ロビン・ウィリアムズさんといえば、"Mrs. Doubtfire"(邦題:ミセスダウト)、"Good Will Hunting" (邦題:グッド・ウィル・ハンティング/旅立ち)、"Dead Poets Society" (邦題:いまを生きる)、"Awakenings"(レナードの朝)といった名作が思い出されます。Mrs. Doubutfireのようなコメディから、他3作のようなシリアスなものまでこなせる幅の広い役者さんでその演技力にはいつも感動をもらっていただけに、残念でなりません。この4作は甲乙をつけがたいどれも大好きな映画です。

それぞれの映画からの引用です:

Mrs. Doubtfire:

You know, some parents, when they're angry, they get along much better when they don't live together. They don't fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don't, dear. And if they don't, don't blame yourself. Just because they don't love each other anymore, doesn't mean that they don't love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country - and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months... even years at a time. But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever.

Good Will Hunting:

You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to.

Dear Poets Society:

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Awakenings:

Read the newspaper. What does it say? All bad. It's all bad. People have forgotten what life is all about. They've forgotten what it is to be alive. They need to be reminded. They need to be reminded of what they have and what they can lose. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life!

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