Your Favorite Movie Says A Lot About You
Laura’s Blog Entry
Quite a few years ago I attended a conference and was struck by one of the speakers. His name was John Eldredge and he was talking about his book, Epic.* I was totally fascinated with his conclusion that the stories we read as books and watch as movies all have the same elements. Like romantic relationships, adventure, overcoming the odds, and good versus evil, for example.
The thing that really got me was that he said if you look at your favorite movies, the ones you like to watch again and again, you can gain insight into who you are and where you heart is.
I thought about two of my favorite films, which seemingly couldn’t be any more different, and was astounded that they both tell the same story.
The first film is Slaves of New York. It’s a 1989 film based on the novel by Tama Janowitz. It is the story of a quirky young woman, Eleanor, who lives in the art scene of New York City in the 1980’s. I love this movie for so many reasons. The setting, the characters, the clever dialog, the happy ending. And Steve Buscemi. Who doesn’t love a movie with Steve Buscemi?
The second film is the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Rebecca. This is the story of a young woman who escapes a dismal life as a paid companion by marrying a wealthy widower. They move to his huge English mansion and then the mystery and intrigue begins. It’s British, in black and white, and has George Sanders in the cast. Perfection!
Anyway, these movies don’t seem to have too much in common, do they? Well, in fact they do. In Slaves of New York, The woman is searching for who she really is, and through her struggle finds her own true voice. In Rebecca the woman transforms from a meek and timid girl into a strong woman who supports her husband in a crisis and fights for their life together.
They are both about women who find out who they are and gain the confidence to stand up for what they believe. Hmmm. Interesting. This just might parallel the life of someone who writes this blog. I’m just sayin’.
This realization was an important step for me – to really understand my own story and to own it. I love these movies because they both tell my story. So the question is, what’s your story? I’d love to hear about your favorite films in the comments and also how you think that film relates to your personal story.
And on a related note, what does it mean that the movie The Big Lebowski is growing on me? I’m kind of afraid to dig deeper into that one, folks. It could involve years of therapy to fully explore that can of worms, I fear.
*Epic is also about some other deeply spiritual issues and if reading about that stuff is your thing, I do recommend it.