Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tip#146: Epic Heroes & Epic Memories: Charlton Heston - 3 Movie Tips
There are movie heroes who can activate epic memories in your life. It is these memories that generate positive emotions to lift you up just by watching the favourite movies you grew up with.
Legendary film actor Charlton Heston passed away recently and will continue to live on in his movies I grew up loving. For me he will always be the epic hero of historical spectacles.
The Ten Commandments
I have fond memories of my father taking the family to see The Ten Commandmentsre-released in the movie theatres in the 70's. Later the film would become a tradition at Easter where, as a child, I did my best to stay awake to watch this long story. The scenes of the angel of death, of Moses crossing the desert or the parting of the red sea were markers of how far I could stay awake!
The movie Ben Hurwas a favourite of my dad's and it only grew on me as I got older. Whenever I see this film today I can always feel my dad's spirit with me. I remember the first time I watched the Roman ships battle it out on the high seas on a Sunday afternoon with my dad. And as Heston's character was releasing the slaves from their shackles I always looked years later for that one slave who didn't have a hand. It's funny the things that stick in your mind!
Planet of the Apes
The original Planet of the Apesmovie also leaves me with lasting and happy memories of my childhood. The final scene of Heston's character is seared into my brain of him and the Statue of Liberty half buried on the beach. Decades later Heston would make a cameo under prosthetic makeup as an ape in the Planet of the Apesremake by director Tim Burton.
This is the magic of movies and how they can create memories of happy times in your life. These memories become a battery of positive energy you can tap into anytime. And even though the actors who play these movie heroes may have passed away they can live on in film and in your memories growing up.
All you have to do is watch these meaningful movies and you can re-energize your spirit. They will always be there for you.
Silverlining Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008