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Topic: Death Portrayed in Film, What do you think of current portrayals of Death on screen?
Mike from Tallahasse
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,5:39 am

It's nice to be contributing to the new Obitchuaries!

As far as a strictly visual depiction of Death, "Cemetery Man", Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen", and the fast and slithery computer-animated Reaper (though actually an impostor) in "The Frighteners" are quite topnotch. Nice to see Death back in another TV commercial - this time for a bad-breath remedy! (Previous appearances have been for insecticides and an insurance company). I guess our beloved Reaper can't hope to get work for auto, HMO or airline ads...

If I've ever seen "Death Takes a Holiday", it'd be in childhood, and is forgotten. A shame so many classics are unavailable. ("...after 70 years"..? Gad, Leilah, hard to believe the 1930's were so long ago. Those wonderful books, films, and magazines from that era make it so fresh in my mind.) "The Seventh Seal" was a fine, original conception of Death, solemn and determined in his goal. And, nicely, not portrayed as a villain. There was a melancholy beauty and joy in that final glimpse of the parade of people marching, one dancing, behind Death to the Afterlife.

Where most people take it for granted that progress marches on everywhere, it's actually apparent there are many areas where past times were far more advanced. Certainly the Medieval attitude of accepting and meditating upon death was far above modern society's mindless hedonism and denial of  the inevitability of life's cessation. An attitude that would be reflected in the media. Where Death back then featured regularly in popular art, nowadays, if at all, he is usually only visible as a boogeyman...

Whoopi Goldberg plays Death in the new movie "Monkey Bone", which has been described as being trapped in a pinball machine. I await her portrayal with some trepidation!


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Melusine
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,10:48 am

Well, no-one else has mentioned it....so i'll come out of crawling on this one...

:alarm:Bit of a spoiler for those who didn't see Gladiator:alarm:

I'll admit it...i loved Gladiator.  And while there were no "personifications" of death or our Azrael, i was QUITE impressed with the way they portrayed "dying" and the process of "crossing over"....the door and the change in color hues....i did like it.

I'll have to agree with Leilah off of her page about Meet Joe Black....just bad.  But, i will say....i cracked up at the peanut butter scene.  Don't know why.  Just my crazy head transforming that into a visual of "our" Azrael with a spoon full of peanut butter.  But then again, i'm just nuts.

Also, the Christmas Carol with George C. Scott...the "Ghost of Christmas Future".....always gave me the creeps as a little kid, but i still loved to watch it.  Now, i've come to kind of like that one now.

Ok, there are my ramblings.

Love the new board!

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Sio
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,3:06 pm

I kept rewinding, and playing the bus scene from "Final Destination" That was awsome!! I didn't see any hooded figures, but then again, I really wasn't watching the background too carefully..I'll have to watch it again tonight.

I LOVED the feel of the last few scenes of "Gladiator". The depiction of peace, and love amongst the agony, plus the Celtic music made me wanna draw something. :)

Though it's not a film, has anyone ever heard the radio show from 1949 called "The Horn Blows at Midnight"? I believe the original had Jack Benny in it...
The plot is... the angels look down at Earth, and are saddened by the greed, and carelessness of humans, so they decide to blow it up. The attitude is "We gave you a chance, you screwed up...you're gone".  A concept that I think rings very true. It's an interesting little show... if you haven't heard it, any "Golden oldies" store shoud carry a tape or CD copy of it.  

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RevDellamorte
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,6:24 pm

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Quote: from Sio on 3:06 pm on Feb. 24, 2001
I kept rewinding, and playing the bus scene from "Final Destination" That was awsome!! I didn't see any hooded figures, but then again, I really wasn't watching the background too carefully..I'll have to watch it again tonight.

I will happily forward the photo to anyone who is interested.... just drop me a line or two. :cool:

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RevDellamorte
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,6:29 pm

I am somewhat depressed by the lack of the release of Cemetery Man (also known as Demons '95, Of Death and Love, "Of Death, of Love", Dellamorte Dellamore) I had it on Laser Disc, but I sold it, thinking that I could readily pick it up on DVD. Not only is it not on DVD, it is OOP on VHS as well... at least I still have a copy on VHS... but that is not the point. The only version I have been able to find is one from Hong Kong on VCD... not even sure I can play it on my PC-DVD player, but I ordered it none-the-less. I never should have sold the Laser Disc.... oh well, bad mistake, I'll get over it I think.

Let's just hope that the VCD plays on my computer, because honestly, I really have no idea what a VCD is or how it differs from a DVD. :cool:

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RevDellamorte
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,6:51 pm

Myself and Fallen Angel are going to see "Quills" tonight and I will let anyone know what I think of the film if anyone is interested. It is about the Marque de Sade... He was definitely an interesting man to say the least, and perhaps Death incarnate. Boy, sorry, but I am still a bit irked about Cemetery Man not being on DVD yet... :cool:

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Leilah
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,7:24 pm

"Though it's not a film, has anyone ever heard the radio show from 1949 called "The Horn Blows at Midnight"? I believe the original had Jack Benny in it...
The plot is... the angels look down at Earth, and are saddened by the greed, and carelessness of humans, so they decide to blow it up. "

My dad has that on an old radio collection. On that note, another interesting flick (although not so much Azrael related) is Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire". If you haven't seen this one, look in the foreign section of your video store and definitely check it out. The "americanized" takes on this idea, i.e. "Michael", and the other one with Nicolas Gage (the title escapes me) are paltry remakes at best.

Yes, I'm opinionated when it comes to the treatment of ANY angelic influence on film.

And YES, Sio, the George C. Scott "Christmas Carol" DID have a great representation of Xmas future.

Let us know Rev. how you liked Quills!

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Melusine
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Posted: Feb. 24 2001,11:10 pm

::drool::
Rev., going ot see Quills, eh?
Not fair.....
It's not even playing within 100 miles or so of us.
We've been hoping to see it...but, it's nowhere near us...
I'm extremely jealous of you...not fair!  ::pout::

I'd LOVE to hear how it was....since we'll probably have to wait until it comes out on video!

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Amorteus Nocturne
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Posted: Feb. 25 2001,5:12 am

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"Though it's not a film, has anyone ever heard the radio show from 1949 called "The Horn Blows at Midnight"? I believe the original had Jack Benny in it...

Leilah...
  Funny you should mention that radio program... I just heard it Saturday around 3 in the afternoon. :biggrin: It was being re-broadcast on a local college station as part of a "classic radio days" show they do every week. I believe that Sio's mom MIGHT have gotten it on tape... She was having problems getting it to work, so I don't know for certain one way or the other. As I was listening to it, I couldn't help but grin at the portrayal of "The Chief"... how truly accurate that seemed to me of modern Xian views. (not much has changed with the majority from what I can tell in over half a century, in that instance, at least) I would have been happier had Azrael been sent instead of Nathaniel... it would have been a riotous good time then. :beer:
 As for comedical portrayals of Death in film, two of my favourites are "Dogma", and "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (or was it Bogus Journey?). Azrael the pimp-daddy demon... I nearly shot soda out my nose when I saw that in the theatre. :laugh: And ole' baldy playin' a mean bass. (not to mention his childish antics when they both beat him in every board game imaginable) :jump: I have a feeling even the dear Dark One had a good chuckle about those two flicks.

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Mike from Tallahasse
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Posted: Feb. 25 2001,6:04 am

"The Horn Blows at Midnight" actually DID make it onto celluloid. I happened to catch the tail-end of that flick on TV many years ago...a frantic last-minute scramble to stop the end of the world high up on the skyscrapers of N.Y. city.
(Pull the chain on the whole mess, says I!) The movie was actually a regular butt of Jack Benny's self-deprecating humor, as supposedly one of the all-time bad movies. Compared to most of the moronic gross-out stuff that calls itself comedy these days, I'm sure it'd play like Voltaire.

The final death scene in "Gladiator" was indeed beautiful and deeply moving. I must admit, to contradict my previous post (as Oscar Wilde put it, "Consistency is the bugaboo of small minds"), there ARE some "death-positive" depictions in the mass media, which, though tending towards sentimentalism, can comfort the dying and their loved ones: The final scene in "Ghost", that one in "Gladiator", the post-mortem lover's reunion in "Titanic"... Damn, this old cynic's getting misty-eyed just thinking about them.  


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