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The Capacity to Wonder: Five Came Back

April 1, 2017

Had to watch all three episodes last night of “Five Came Back” about five directors who filmed WW2–Wyler, Huston, Capra, Ford, Stevens. Wow! I got up early in the morning to rewatch episode three (Man, that scene with the veteran in the B-52 graveyard in “The Best Years of Their Lives”! Whew!) Wyler and Stevens are so inspiring! What heart. It always fascinates me on how people have the capacity to change and discover higher aspects of their being and feeling for others and to cling desperately to their pulse to fight for defining their life. I felt this strongly with Wyler and Stevens more than the others (As men, not artists, Ford had moments but was wedded too much to his arrogance, and Huston comes across as a bit of a hustler, and Capra, well-intentioned, but not as brave as Wyler and Stevens. But they all were humbled in some way by the sacrifices and horrors they experienced.) The footage of the war and the concentration camps and the liberation of Paris and the depth of dimension in the eyes of the soldiers is powerful and uplifting. It all ripped deeply into me because of my combat duty fighting cancer and how all my friends helped me in every possible way. Going through this, the suffering, the physical hampering, hardens resolve to keep hitting the stage, enduring it all. We are born to triumph. And when you give up on that–well, then you’ve given up on life. Don’t take the minutes, seconds, or hours for granted–devour them the best way you can! It’s a great meal to share. Reserved the book at the library, and want to see Best Years again. And if you see Stewart’s performance in Wonderful Life as him going through the emotions of PSTD (which he had from his combat experience) it’s deeper than the film. What people can do. Ah, the capacity to wonder what we can do is endless!

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