Watch of the day.
An Oxford student flipping through a book on sale. England, 1950
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
”Catch Me if You Can” captures the frivolous side of the 60’s: the decade of ”The Pink Panther” movies, ”The Girl From Ipanema,” the Rat Pack and James Bond. A clip of Sean Connery and Honor Blackman swapping double-entendres in ”Goldfinger” introduces a delicious scene, set to the silky purr of Dusty Springfield’s ”Look of Love,” in which Frank, impersonating a junior-size Bond wannabe, outwits a high-priced call girl
”Catch Me” is the most charming of Mr. Spielberg’s mature films, because is it so relaxed. Instead of trying to conjure fairy-tale magic, wring tears or insinuate a message, it is happy just to be its delicious, genially sophisticated self.
I love “frivolous” 60’s its the side of the 60’s I love such as the classic movies, Frank Sinatra, and how glamorous traveling was back then.
Martin Luther King Jr being attacked as he marched nonviolently for the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966.And they want us just to forget?!
Drive-In Theatre, 1951
I wish people still did this. I wish this was the most popular date destination, you drive down to a yard where there’s hundred of other couples, and just admire the openness of watching this movie. You could sit on the car bonnet with a blanket wrapped around yourselves and a flask of tea, laughing at this film whilst occasionally looking up at the night sky and admiring the stars above you. And when it gets too cold you can jump back into the car holding your lover’s hand.
There’s so many things about the past which I don’t understand why people still don’t do.^^^