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Three Great Pictures on Fighting with Oneself

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 14/07/2011

In the best tradition of screenplay and storytelling, there must present at least three types of conflict: an external conflict with a pysical effective enemy, an external conflict with a loved person and an internal conflict: with self. In the end, our own self is the only enemy we can always count on. I find these movies to be portraying this conflict the best:

1. Solyaris

One of the best science-fictions ever made, the action of this masterpiece takes place in the human mind. Here, all the illusions are possible. All the dreams are achievable. All you have to do is to give up reality. Then, there are no more “external enemies” to confront. There is only an eternity in front of oneself.

2. Platoon

It’s kind of difficult to do a bad war movie (although I’ve seen it done). But it’s even more difficult to do a great one. Oliver Stone, one of the gretest political film director from Hollywood, shines at presenting here the Vietnam tragedy for the American soldiers. A history’s mistake used as ambiance for a story of becoming is the environment to leave space to great actors to do their parts: Charlie Sheen, Tom Bereneger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, John C. McGinley and Willem Dafoe. An impressive tale.

3. 127 hours

Based on a real story, this film pictures the will to live. A young explorer in the Grand Canyon gets his hand stuck under a rock. For 5 days, he tries to free himself from the place he is stuck in. His struggle is a situation you will find easy to remember.


6 Responses to “Three Great Pictures on Fighting with Oneself”

  1. Tim Oliver said

    Good list, have you considered looking at What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Betty Davis is superb in this film. Really captures the conflict with the self.



    • Ştefan Alexandrescu said

      Thank you for the observation, that is a great recommendation. I would have put it, but I haven’t seen it yet. I intend to see it, it’s on my watching list.


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