Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours
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"Marty"

One of my goals has been to watch all of the films that have won "Best Picture" Oscars. One of the more obscure titles (IMHO) was "Marty" which won for 1955. Many of you would be surprised to hear that Earnest Borgnine won a Best Actor award for his role in the film. I can't believe that I have never seen this film before today. My Halliwell's Film Guide says that the plot would be nothing special to today's audience, but back in the day the frank and honest storytelling was new to motion pictures. I must say that the story really hit home with me and would probably touch many on my Friends List. It's the story of a 35-year old bachelor, living with his mother, who struggles to find love in his life. Everyone tells him that he needs to find a mate, but when he thinks he finds her, everyone suddenly finds reasons why it won't work. It's a quintessential "nice movie" that makes you feel good at the end even though there is not necessarily a happy ending. The main lesson that you take away is that you have to make yourself happy in this life. You have to live your own life and not follow what others want you to be. The other lesson is that you can't force love. It happens when it happens. You have to open yourself up to the possibilities, but you shouldn't force it based on others' expectations. I suppose another message is that others may seem happy and content and you may think the grass is greener on their side of the fence, but really it's all a show. If you ever stumble across this flick on a movie channel, give it a watch. It's good stuff.
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