A Summer Place

Exaggerated, overly dramatic, and contrived, this movie deigned to dramatize the sexual morality of society in the 1950’s.
My sisters were teenagers and I remember this movie because it was the rage among their crowd.  I am not sure if I saw it in the theater with them, as I often tagged along if they were to go the movies at all.  However it was, I was aware of it and that it was a big deal.
I remember thinking how daring was this movie presented on the silver screen; as big as day.  Through the experience of our two biggest teen idols, Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee, we watched depictions of things that were off limits for discussion…shocking.  Oh my goodness, how far we have come.
This movie dramatized a time worth sharing with our young people today.   Though extremely contrived and forced a story, with poor, unimaginative dialogue, they will be provided a glimpse of the way we were back then.
I have since included it in my collection with a plan to view with my children and grandchildren. I can’t wait to hear their comments.
The theme song is quite possibly the most beautiful of all time and I can’t get enough of it. Percy Faith and his Orchestra was known for brilliant renditions of movie themes back then and especially for this one, composed by Max Stein.  I still listen to my old Columbia Music Club album of movie favorites just to hear the extraordinarily beautiful Theme from a Summer Place.  The images, feelings and memories rushing into the room like the waves on the beach in the movie.  It is a musical masterpiece for all time.
I can’t decide if the Cinemascope technique is credited for how the ocean looks more beautiful, the sky clearer and bluer, the sun and the colors brighter…the people are thinner?  I don’t know but I think that they actually were.  
How one memory opens the gate to other memories as it happens for me with this film will never cease to amaze me.
I always enjoy watching A Summer Place, even though in retrospect, that in the scheme of things, it seems in essence, a prelude to the decade that changed everything.
Trailer to A Summer Place:
Theme to a Summer Place by Percy Faith and his orchestra.

Truthfully

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Someone said:

There exists only two emotions…

                                                              love

and everything else.

 

 

 

 

No Win, no Place, no Show

 

 

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You try to bond with, love, or at least strive for acceptance with some people.  But it seems impossible to get beyond a certain point with them.  Then one day, you realize that the only reason you have to continue trying is to keep alive the notion that with perseverance you will eventually succeed.

It may be necessary to protect yourself from investing more time because your spirit is at stake in these situations.  It almost feels like war, the relentless discussion without end, disguised as intelligent discourse…you’re just not getting it.  But why not?  You’re using everything at your disposal; being as honest, open, and true as you can possibly be.  You’ve been invited to the party but you are the only one there.

You realize the need to take care of yourself, to take the things that you offer from a situation that seems only to reject or belittle your every attempt.

Family is fertile ground for this pointless excursion to nowhere.  It is here where it is most difficult to discern the machinations, because surely love exists and isn’t that what we are hoping to experience and isn’t this the place where we want it most?  But it can be a minefield of deception that may take years to realize.  And that may be all there is to that!

Alas, the classic move is when much later, you are confronted with the person, seeking your attention now.  Where have you been after all…rather demanding as a matter of fact, perhaps there is a degree of anger for you’ve given up the pursuit of their approval.  This is where you get to say a few choose words if you wish.  But as valid as that may seem, you feel little inclination in that direction.  Geez…

                  “Dear Lord,  Make me a bird so I can fly far, far far away from here.”

                                                                                           Jenny from “Forrest Gump”

Nevertheless, be love and enjoy the beauty of the day, everyday…create something!

What’s the Matter?

Might it be associated with the fact that people are feeling inadequate due to the relentless exposure to other people everywhere?  It’s not natural.  We are not physically capable of having that level of exposure.  It can only happen electronically.

For heaven’s sake, wasn’t it enough being concerned with how you compare to the next person in the room, at a party, on the beach?  Now we have people anywhere in the world to consider!

Recently, I took a day reacting only to people I could actually see in my physical proximity.  I checked in to voice mail a couple of times throughout the day, but the joy was in deciding when that would happen.  What a break!

Have a beautiful day!