Archive | November, 2009

Quotes to Ponder

22 Nov
I once again saw this movie last night: The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (screenplay by Charlie Kaufman), which reminded me of this line quoted by Mary, played by Dunst, taken from a satirical poem by Alexander Pope:
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;
Alexander Pope, “Eloisa to Abelard”
English poet & satirist (1688 – 1744)

Though I watch this movie several times (btw, I really loved this brilliant piece and even bought an original dvd copy of it), I’m still daunted by these phrases on how it connects to the plot, thanks to the power of the google engine, I found this interesting review:

Generally speaking, it has not been deemed worthy of comment by those who have written about the movie that the phrase Pope applied to the untroubled conscience of a nun — the Vestal virgin, though a pagan Roman phenomenon, was often used a prototype for the various orders of Roman Catholic sisters like Eloisa’s — is applied in the movie to a ghastly new therapeutic technique for washing out of the brain all memories of a sexual “relationship” gone bad., so that the subject, or patient, can make a completely fresh start with someone new. Charlie Kaufman, who wrote the screenplay of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the director, Michel Gondry, must have known that the word “spotless” as used by “Pope Alexander,” as the dippy Mary (Kirsten Dunst) puts it, meant “without moral stain”. It had to be, then, with a certain sense of irony that they chose to make the phrase mean something quite unimaginable to Pope: namely an antiseptic consciousness unspotted with memories and so capable of living entirely in the present.

And as to how the movie goes, we human beings can’t simply do anything to erase every trace of the memory of us being broken from the spell of our love’s past; only time can heal.

Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometimes by Beck