Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Current...errr....not so current ....viewing.
When was the last time you saw a movie that stayed in your thoughts beyond the time it took to get back to your car? It dismays me how often that can happen. Last week I went to see "Bobby", a film set in 1968, in the Ambassador Hotel ,in Los Angeles, on the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated in the hotel. Actually, I think it was 2 weeks ago when I saw it, but there you have it...I am still thinking about the movie and talking to others about it. The most powerful aspect of the movie, for me, was the intensity of RFK's words, and the depth of grief those words provoked. Grief not only for the lose of the 2 young idealistic Kennedy boys, killed way too young, but grief at what we perhaps have missed out on, or lost, because of that. I can't help but wonder how much different ( better??) the US and the world may have been if either of them had lived long enough to have had a greater influence on US and world policy. With that sense of grief came the awful realisation that US administrations, since 1968, have achieved very little, and the main concerns then, such as poverty, racial issues AND interferring in another country's woes, have fundamentally changed not at all, except that in 1968, it was withdrawl from Vietnam. Oh, yes, ......"Bobby" has a damn fine, nostalgic soundtrack.