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If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my early-80's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Fire that Burns-A Controversial Movie?

This is another French movie that I enjoyed. If you are homophobic, this may not the right movie for you. This is a very poetic movie both visually and linguistically on a controversial TOPIC of boy to boy to man-(priestly) love. I bet this is in the list of movies banned by the Catholic Church. It has an English subtitle. Click the CC button. If it turns read, the subtitle is on. Enjoy! A study of possessive love, obsession and jealousy which transcends the gay characters and disturbing priestly abuse aspect. The actors are wonderfully committed to their characters, who were believable and complex human beings. Beautifully realized, poetic both visually and linguistically, if a bit stark. Life can be stark. At the end, I came to love the old and wise Abbot, who knows precisely the parameters of Christian love. The Church needed more like him, as we have seen in the present. The screenplay is based on a semi-autobiographical play by Henry de Montherlant (1895-1972), which he began drafting at the age of 17, a year after he was expelled from an academy because of his friendship with another student; it was not published until 1951 because of its difficult subject: romantic friendships between schoolboys. The French title La Ville dont le Prince est un Enfant is taken from the Biblical text of Ecclesiastes 10:16 "Woe to the land whose king is a child." The limited action and long speeches in the film betray its origins in a play, but the director has managed to provide some variation in the locations of various scenes. Did you enjoy this movie? Comments?

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