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The Emerald Forest (1985)
Enhanced my life & direction...
After reading all these comments spread over a 4 year period, 75-80% agree this was a phenomenal movie. It's my favorite film of all time.
It's the cinematography, the message, the inherent display of good and innocence vs. bad and intellectual progress/advancement. Who can deny the beauty of this film? It's not overly in your face or political - it's a simple and beautiful overview - not even a warning - an overview to remember what we are doing to our planet, ourselves, our culture - our global human culture. We are advancing ourselves to the point of losing all that truly matters as humans - this film conveys that symbolically and mystically - and within reality.
Who in this modern age of connectivity and technology can resist the idea of a return to innocence? OK - I'm sure quite a few can - money & greed drive the world - but the principles that seemingly inspire this movie are beyond wonderful. What are we losing - what can we do to keep it? Violence begets violence - and I don't like that the Invisible People use violence in the end to defend their future - but it is a simple retelling of how humans have to exist. Protection of fate, beliefs,living, beauty, family, kinship, environment, simplicity, connectivity without technology - that's what matters. Boorman sells it better than anyone else has ever in any film of this genre. No massive cataclysmic loss of humanity - a simple defensive move by a small tribe of invisible people - who need to protect their invisibility to remain invisible. Do you feel any Buddhism in this? This film is humanity. This film forewarns of our own losses to come. This film made me who I am. Thank you Mr Boorman. I get the message you were selling - and it wasn't a hard sell for me.
This film shaped my life. It's a spiritual and political message that hit me when I was 14 and first saw this movie - since 1985 this has been named my favorite film of all time for it's sweeping containment of multiple messages, meanings, and hopefulness. I love the movie - if I could have lived in the Amazon at 14, I would have caught the first plane. Like some others - this film greatly inspired my being. I have worked a lifetime to return to South America to assimilate with the Amazon. I leave in October 2005 and I admit - my love of South America is because of this film. It constructed my life. I only hope to find the peace & connectivity with earth and humanity that Tomme did in his tribal assimilation - I'm 34 and it's taken me this long to get to the point where I'm leaving society to go to the jungle and NOT change their way of living - not bring immunizations, clean water, language, or religion and western principles - i'm going to lose western civilization - much like my final nirvana. I can't wait to shake society and technology - I never want to see clothing, capitalism, democracy, medicine, growth, adoption, - smog of our air and society - again. My goal is not to humanize indigenous people, but to become one of them. This movie gave me that goal. Screw Greenpeace, sierra, missionaries, WHO, whoever -
On the silly side note - I want to be and be with Tomme - (and mind you - i would have married Charley Boorman when I was 14 and still would). I'd give anything to email with him - i want to know his experience with this film and how IT affected him.