Le Grand Bleu  

AmberSolaire 43M
2630 posts
6/13/2005 5:27 pm

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Le Grand Bleu

One of the questions that always seems to come up when you are getting to know someone is "what is your favorite film"?I have long been a fan of Luc Besson as a director.I have also had a more then passing facination with the sea for most of my life.To me the ephitomy of oneness with the ocean has to be the sport of free diving.This film through its study of the sport captures both the spirituality and the magnitude of the deep.

26-year-old Besson had wanted to make The Big Blue from the age of 17 when he met the real Jacques Mayol on whom the character of the same name in the film is based.Mayol was France's free diving champion (whose depth record was a staggering 105 metres). Mayol acted as technical advisor on the film.

This is Luc Besson’s most personal film ,a haunting visual elegy concerned with one man’s passion to be united with the sea he loves and another man’s obsession to dominate it. All of Besson’s films are distinguished by a strong visual style which makes characterisation and plot virtually redundant, but in Le Grand Bleu, regarded by many as his finest achievement, he surpasses himself.

From the first scene, the spectator is drawn in Besson's world and soon begins to share his sense of wonder and understand his undying passion for the sea.

The action centres on the rivalry between two free-divers (played by Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno )
Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time, since they were boys. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving.............

Although the film has been criticised for lacking much in the way of a plot, the film has enough of a plot to give it direction and meaning. This is very spiritual film, a film which communicates directly with the soul, something which gives it great power and eloquence.

It has been released in many different versions, but I would urge you to try and see it in the original french version.The american edit, cut many of the long dialogue free cinetematic pieces which are part of the essence of the films message

"God is at the bottom of the sea and
I dive to find him."

Enzo Maiorca

So thats my favorite film.I hope you get the chance to see it.

I would love to hear what yours are.

rm_txrose4uNTX 59F
3289 posts
6/13/2005 10:46 pm

That sounds like a very interesting film... will have to check it out sometime....

My fav is one of Christopher Reeves first films which co-starred Jane Seymour -- Somewhere In Time -- which had a magical and romantic aspect to it. Someday, I am going to make it up to Michigan where the film was filmed to see that magical hotel as well. I hear many honeymooners go there....


6/13/2005 11:46 pm

Well ever the romantic I can be , really I can. Gone With The Wind
can watch it over and over again.

juju34single 47F

6/14/2005 3:04 am

Mine would have to be The Crow.
It is to me a deep love story, about a love that transcends death, about deeds and actions coming full circle, teaching things like there is no such things as the 'little' things in life, not to take any time in life for granted, and that love, real and deeply true love does indeed exist.

I also want to see Le Grand Bleu. Sounds very interesting too...

GleesFlakyShawl 51M
1620 posts
6/14/2005 8:12 am

Amber, this is a very interesting topic
havent seen the Big Blue, have senn some others by Besso, probably my favorite would be The Professional, with Jean Reno (one of his fetishe actors....damn it, its a sex site, isnt it?, lol)

Now, about my favorite film...hard to mention just one, i can make a quick selection, hope uve seen some of them (Ive purposelly not mentioned any spanish-speaking movie, this would make a completely different list)

"The Red Violin" its a french-canadian movie, dont remember the director

"Brazil" Terry Gillian

"Ran" by A. Kurosawa (hope Kenneth Branagh would have paid more attention to this movie when he made his "Henry V")

"Last tango in Paris" by Bertolucci

And I have yet to decide between "Manhattan" or "Annie Hall" by W. Allen

Now, for a sunday afternoon on TV, any movies with Lino Ventura and Alain Delon....just a memory of my childhood

tattooedartist 45M

6/14/2005 9:34 am

There are a great many films of great nature.....I enjoy your perspective and your love for nature and the art of Gods mystical hands comes through in your personality and zeal fro what you see.

For me, there are many movies I could watch over and over. As the artist in me seeks out insiration in all areas and avenues, i find my eyes wander here and there. I truly enjoy any film done with true sincereity and love.....PASSION, whatever it is about. My favorite film by far would have to be a dual between the new version of Romeo & Juliet and a movie about the life and dark, brilliant mind of Beethoven called....."Immortal Beloved." It is based off of beethovens journal, a letter of an unknown love and the journal of his friend and assistant, as well as some myth. It is truly romantic, capturing and moving. So often in my study of brilliant figures and artist (which is a fetish of mine), I find that it is the misunderstanding of the true nature of these brilliant hearts, thier vision and the dichitomy it creates in their lives that exudes the publics misunderstanding of thier true character and desires. It is the tragedy that feeds their beauty, their need and in the end.....the powerful magnitude of their creations and impact on each and every one of our lives.

Brilliant question.

rm_jayR63 60F
1884 posts
6/15/2005 9:41 am

I'm still working on those MENSA questions, and I have a problem -

Why is "bleary" the answer twice (Q1)?

For Q4, why isn't the answer 16 in/hr (8+24=32, divide by 2 for the average=16?

PailsDiverHonks 57F

6/15/2005 9:43 am

DZ I knew there was a reason I liked you!

RED VIOLIN! I have that DVD, CD and I saw Joshua Bell perform it about a year ago at symphony hall. I even ripped the Cd onto my mp3 player to take it with me to the hospital.
Another movie to go with that category would be Amadeus and The Legend of 1900.
Candy, my favorite sexual, sexy scene was in the move Meet Joe Black.

Barbiebunny69 44F

6/15/2005 10:49 pm

1. Wild at heart- im a lynch fan
2. Pulp fiction - the relationship between the characters get me every time
3. The secretary- with james spader
4. A Kights tale-quirky and fun
5. The last unicorn and laberynth for fantasy
6. Sideways because that was filmed where i live!

rm_EE407 42F
3903 posts
6/16/2005 2:20 pm

<<< thinks AS has an ocean/beach thingy going.. lol

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
6/17/2005 5:02 am

i don't watch tv or go to the movies but if i had to say one it would be the green mile

I'm a

i'm here to stay

juju34single 47F

6/18/2005 11:43 pm

Waterworld was good too. Lots of water...

AmberSolaire 43M

6/19/2005 10:32 pm

Think I better get jayr's query out of the way first.Q1 are you sure it is ? lol better go back and check.....
As too the Q4 that is because you are finding the average speed over the total distance.You have added the distances together for two hours.If it has gone 24 inches on the way out in one hour, it has to come back 24 inches.As the new speed is slower it takes longer.In fact three hours instead of 1.So to go there and back (24 inches + 24 (8+8+=48 inches.This is then divide by the 4 for your av speed.It helps too think of it in segaments.

AmberSolaire 43M

6/19/2005 10:50 pm

There are certainly some diverse tastes in the room, and a few surprisng selections.Yes I confess I do have a bit of an ocean water thingy going on, however I would draw the line at waterworld.

That said his boat is pretty cool.lol (Have I not mentioned my boat thing yet rofl).

I would have to say that just because a film isnt deep doesnt mean it has no worth.Edward Scissor hands for example is remarkable for the way in which it shot and made an inplausable plot visually resounding, and we all enjoy a good blockbuster when we want to switch off.Tim Burton excels in this field and I am looking forward to charlie and the chocalate factory.I cant wait to see what his oompah loompas look like.
I was going to have a go at some gone with the wind quotes however I am not familiar enough with the film not to join the ranks of the mis quoters.It has some of the most misquoted lines according to film magazine.

As to foreign films I am influenced by french cinema, so I wouldnt be amiss to spanish films.On that front I have only seen the more mainstream ones .

You have certainly got a few of my favs on the list, as well as having reminded me of some I meant to see.Its been a useful insight.I think a trip to blockbuster is in order!

GleesFlakyShawl 51M
1620 posts
6/20/2005 7:51 am

Amber, btw, im a lil bit surprised nobody mentioned "Casablanca"
and this new pic of ur bas is much better (for me) than the one of ur derriere, that one looked like u were close to fart

greenie, how u doing? glad to know u like me, but i though it was due to my irresistible charm and sex appeal, lol

AmberSolaire 43M

6/21/2005 10:44 am

Dz I guess it is one of those ones that goes without saying as being there so is easily overlooked.
Glad you like the pic.lol........you didnt like my behind, I am offended.I wasnt close to farting , but I was close to doing something else.lol it was part of a set I was doing for a certain wankoff for a certain lady who you might just have mentioned.
I am putting it in my network pics as we speak.

GleesFlakyShawl 51M
1620 posts
6/21/2005 1:18 pm

hey amber, now ur jealous cuz that certain lady says she likes me on ur blog, lol
and besides, dont forget we r the Three Amigos for the wankoff, lol

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