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|The poignancy of a human soul that chooses slow self-destruction rather than shutting itself off to the suffering of others.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD
By David Bruce
Nicolas Cage: Frank Pierce
Ving Rhames: Marcus
Tom Sizemore: Walls
Joseph Connelly (novel)
From Touchstone / Paramount
| This film teams director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader again. Their earlier works, 'Raging Bull' and 'The Last Temptation of Christ', created sensations.
Paul Schrader is an evangelical Christian who is not afraid to tackle difficult spiritual issues as he did in 'Touch.' His biblical themes can be seen in 'Close Encounters of the Thrid Kind' (uncredited) and in 'The Mosquito Coast' (tagline: He planned a paradise. He created a Hell). Schrader is currently in production on a film called 'Forever Mine' (tagline: Give All To Love).
Martin Scorsese, who has a Catholic background, has become a legend in his own time. His directorial work includes 'Casino' (1995), 'The Age of Innocence' (1993), 'Cape Fear' (1991), and 'GoodFellas' (1990). In a recent issue of 'Civilization' Scorsese discussed how his early memories of religious art have worked their way into his films.
Joe Connelly for nearly a decade rushed from emergency to emergency as a paramedic in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He wrote this novel "to purge, perhaps redeem, the torment of his experiences in the trenches with the dying and the barely living. Connelly seems to be a born writer, for this first novel makes brilliant use of unflinching realism, dark and brittle humor, a faint whiff of the supernatural, and, above all, the poignancy of a human soul that chooses slow self-destruction rather than shutting itself off to the suffering of others" (amazon.com).
Joe was once called Father Frank because of his desire to save lives. He lives with the 'ghosts' of those he couldn't save. This drives him to feel burnout but he perseveres.
A MOVIE TO SEE
i recently saw the movie "bringing out the dead" with nicolas cage. at first i did not really know what it was trying to say to me, so i watched it again, and realized that, at least to me, it represents Jesus' decention into hell. if you watch it, pay attention to the days, it will say what day it is, and pay attention to what n. cage does on those days. there is a part, on friday, when cage takes a pill given to him by a drug pusher, which begins his real journey into his hell. after the last scene, with the peace, and white glow of cage, he seems to represent Christ ascending into Heaven. perhaps all of this chaotic synopsis will make more sense after the movie. if you would like, i will email you with much greater detail from the movie. but you are a very smart, and busy, man, so i don't want to take up much of your time. if you need to respond, i am more likely to get it if you God bless you and enjoy the movie...sometime down the road.
Response: Yes send what you have I would be very interested -David
you fail to grasp the true meaning of the movie, that it is so real that it represents the truth in life. that as one becomes more and more driven by desperation, there begins a convergence. things stop mattering. the doctor becomes the patient. (e.g. Cage attempting to medicate himself) he who heals wounds shall inflict them. (cage's partner's beating of Noel) and even the living will die, and the dead shall live again. (rose) this move expounds the fact that, while we attempt to compartmentalize life and death, for all our might, there is no difference.
PARAMEDIC BURN OUT
I really don't know how to say this and not have it come off as being offensive, but I'm afraid you have missed the entire point of the movie. It is not a allegory of hell, what it is happens to be a very good portrayal of paramedic burn out. I Happen to be a paramedic, and a devout Christian, when I saw the movie I was one of a handful of people in the theater, as I looked around I saw what was happening, these people had come to see a Martin Scorsese film and instead were seeing the raw heart of EMS in a way few people outside of the business could possibly understand. This movie is one of the most realistic portrayals of burnout I have ever seen, the descent into madness of Frank Pierce was very real, I have seen it in the faces of my co-workers and friends. His character is one of a man who started out wanting, needing to help his fellow man, to do the good work, but day after day year after year it was the same thing, doing your best never making a difference. The "Hell " that he was going through, was the portrayal of him loosing his battle to care, to keep it more than "just a job". What happened to him happens to a great many people in EMS, and Martin Scorsese showed it in such a way as not to glorify but to force the viewer to share the pain and confusion. Every movie review I have seen of this film I have seen has been negative, that is by everyone in the news media and film business. The emergency Services community has heralded it as a must see, every paramedic I have talked to who has seen it have told me they intend to buy it, most Fire and EMS stations are waiting to purchase it as well. The movie was a masterpiece to a very select community, and I think the movie will forever be misunderstood except by the people who have to live that job. So as you see the film, remember the people who live through the madness, and pray for those of us facing that burnout, may God forever keep us safe and compassionate. Brent Davenport EMT-P FTO
THE GREAT DIVORCE IN THE DEAD
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