October 05, 2004

"The human thirst for self-torture" and "The Crow"

Once again, the lovely Katie Aikins has inspired me. Take a look at her blog to see where I got the idea for mine. This blog isn't quite as good as the first draft...I didn't save the first one and it go deleted. :-(

My favorite movie EVER is "The Crow" with Brandon Lee. Here's a quite summary of the film: Eric and his fiancÚ, Shelley are brutally murdered the night before their wedding. One year later, Eric is ressurected my the Crow, a spirit that brings the dead back to the land of the living to avenge the wrongs of their life. For more info try these sites: Crow Fan Club or The Crow's Loft
Anyway, Katie blogged about the connection between death and beauty in Poe's "The Raven" and that topic really struck a cord with me. "The Crow" tells a tale of a love so strong that not enough death can exstinguish it. "The Raven" and "The Crow" parallel each other; from death stems a beauty that is just too much for this world. Our earth as we know it is not capable of handling Eric and Shelley's love, so they must use a supernatural force to finally be together. Poe's Lenore is not in this world physically, but she still "speaks" to him through the raven.
Do death and love (beauty) have a connection? Yes...they both touch a part inside of us like no other emotion. "...poetry is not describing a beauty here on earth, but is trying to describe a divine Beauty. Poetry is supposed to excite the soul so that it reaches into the divine to glimpse this Beauty."

Just some trivia that I found interesting...1.) The crow squaks in the film aren't from a crow...they are a raven's call 2.) Eric's last name is Draven...stemming from Raven? 3.) Eric quotes a line of from E.A. Poe's "The Raven." 'Suddenly their came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. You heard me rapping, right?'
Coincidences? I think not.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 5, 2004 08:18 PM
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Katie,

The Crow? Let's have a SHU movie night, there seem to be some really interesting parallels between this movie and "The Raven." Whether they are purposefully done or not, let's investigate.

Do you believe that there is love so strong that even death can not snuff it out? I know, I do. I am not even a hopeless romantic, just faithful and willing that there is someone who will love me beyond eternity. In fact, I just wrote a poem about this for that truth thing. Do you do that?

Good thoughts, as usual, Katie Lambert!!!! :)

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 6, 2004 02:06 PM

*Hands Katie a balloon and a cookie*
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Not only has my intense hatred for Poe's "The Raven" diminished, BUT you have restored "smartness" in my burnt out brain with your lamen terms. ;)

In other words...

I had no idea what the heck "The Raven" was about. Ok, so this thing comes rapping at the narrator's window...so what?!?! However, you my friend, have given "The Raven" a whole new meaning for me. I never really thought of the poem in that way...and surely not that deep. A love so strong that it is unstoppable??? Hrm...interesting. <3

You make me wanna go out and blow 4 dollars to rent "The Crow."

A little extra 25 cents...do you know the backround history of the story of "The Crow." Was it the movie version of a book? If not, maybe research to see if the director had any inclination towards Poe's poem. It just might be! ;) (Just a random thought)

Posted by: Renee at October 6, 2004 10:49 PM

"The Crow" is based on novels and comic books by James o'Barr; there are actually three "Crow" films, and a 4th is due out soon. There is a whole "Crow World" that stems from the novel and other sources.
If you're really interested, I have no problem watching the film for the 1,001 times. :-) Thanx, Renee! It's good to see that someone appreciates my "special" thoughts.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 7, 2004 12:56 PM

Katie,
If you wouldn't mind, could I take a look at your poem? To me, poetry gives a true window into someone's heart and mind.
I believe love, above all things, can conquer anything...even death. Along with "The Crow," "Moulin Rouge" is another favorite of mine that truly expresses and explains the Bohemian belief that truth, beauty, and love are the ingrediants to a true life.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 7, 2004 01:01 PM

I love both Katies entries on "The Raven!"
You helped me to look at the poem from a different perspective.
I have always looked at the Raven as Death, personified. In the movie,"The Crow," you say a character comes back from the dead, I see it as just the opposite in "The Raven." I think maybe the Raven has come to take the man (or woman?) away, into the afterlife, to be with his love, Lenore. I think the Raven says "Nevermore" because he is trying to tell the man that his love will never again be on this earth. He tells the man that he can never forget Lenore, and that he will never leave the man's side. The Raven is a constant reminder of inevitable death.

Posted by: Sarah Elwood at October 8, 2004 08:42 PM

Good morning.Iam an English teacher and a Life Coach living in the Czech Rep.I read your aricle and wish to thank you for providing that missing link for me.In accessing self torture and the motives i stumbled across your reference to 'the crow'.Like an inner squeal the crow's 'voice'transfers within and magnifies(if we indulge it) and it made the subject matter clearer to me.I hope all that you seek open its doors for you.Regards ..as above

Posted by: Inspiration at January 24, 2005 12:38 AM

hey... i just typed in my name in google for something to do and came across this and i read it and the crow is a very good movie.

Posted by: katherine lambert at March 10, 2006 02:12 PM
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