Spielberg, The Hundred-Year-Old Man with the Clock Turned Backwards
In 1981, Ellen J. Langer, the first woman to become a tenured professor of psychology at Harvard University in the United States, conducted a simple but revolutionary psychological experiment in a remote rural community in 1979: the Counter Clockwise study. In an ordinary family home먹튀검증, decorated with furniture and appliances from 20 years ago, 75 to 80-year-olds followed two rules to take a trip down memory lane. They had to go back 20 years and act as if they were living in that era, and they had to do their own chores like cleaning and laundry.
The seniors enjoyed watching the movie “Ben-Hur” like it was a new release, and swayed to the songs of Rosemary Clooney and Nat King Cole like they were brand new. After a while, something unexpected happened to them. Elderly people who could barely walk without assistance were getting dressed and going down the stairs on their own. Their appetite increased significantly and they became more active, as if they were back in their 20s. Naturally, their bodies and minds reverted back to the way they were 20 years ago.
In the end, this experiment proved that it’s all in the mindset. It was a reminder that it’s important to push the limits of our minds and not treat youth and health as a memory of the past. This research has changed the way we think about aging, breaking down stereotypes and prejudices.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who was born in 1946 and is now 76 years old, documented his own story from childhood to young adulthood. The movie is a “cinematic autobiography” of a master who has been holding the megaphone for the past 60 years. It is a panoramic view of how a child who loves movies falls in love with them and grows up. Just like Professor Langer, who raised the topic of “how to live healthily and wisely,” Spielberg fires the same question like a rapid-fire cannon throughout the movie. It’s as if he’s saying, “Take a look at your past self, if only for a moment.” “Who did you want to be?” ….
Spielberg paints a detailed and honest portrait of growing pains you’d rather forget. He confesses to the audience that he’s secretly peeking into someone else’s diary. Or maybe Spielberg was trying to heal himself with “Paramount,” as he has said in several interviews, “The process of making ‘Paramount’ was definitely a therapeutic process for me, and it was an incredible privilege to be able to make a movie like this.” The movie cost $40 million to make, and it may have been a “flashback therapy” for him.
Like Langer’s experiment, Spielberg may have been able to confront the disintegration of his family and the shackles of Jewishness that had followed him throughout his life through a form of reminiscence therapy in which he examined meaningful events and experiences in his life. Psychotherapy that utilizes reminiscence can help you look at yourself and come to understand and accept your past hatreds and guilt.
Steven Spielberg’s family was a source of inspiration. The director as an adolescent, his mom, dad, and three sisters (from left). [CJ ENM]
His mother’s freedom in front of the camera, conveying a wide range of facial expressions and poses, made her the first and best actress in a Spielberg movie. [CJ ENM]
“A movie is a dream, a dream that is never forgotten”
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s name is often mentioned as one of the people who changed the course of human history in the 20th century. What is the source of his creativity, which started as a crazy daydream and became a genius inspiration through his whimsical imagination? Whether it’s his friendship with a one-armed, one-legged, pot-bellied alien ET, the horror of Jaws, a cannibalistic shark that suddenly appears at a secluded vacation spot, Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who leads an exciting treasure hunt, or Jurassic Park, which began with the whimsy of bringing extinct dinosaurs through time, Spielberg’s filmography is rich.
We often refer to rational people as left-brained and emotional people as right-brained. This is because the left side of the brain is involved in physical and rational judgment, while the right side is involved in creative and intuitive judgment. Spielberg’s mother, Leah, was a pianist who encouraged her son’s imagination to go beyond common sense. His father, Arnold, a World War II veteran and college electrical engineer, instilled in him a logical mind that solved physical problems in the field. This Talmudic soil allowed him to develop both his left and right brains, and he would become a genius director with an impeccable eye for direction. His films move between the real and the unknown, through outlandish fantasies and whimsical imaginings, with genius inspiration, to comfort our lives.
Poster for the movie ‘Favellmans’. [CJ ENM]
The movie begins in 1952 in New Jersey. Six-year-old Semi (Gabrielle Lavelle) holds the hand of her mother, Mitzi, and father, Jerk, as they head out to see Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth. Semi is terrified of the scary scenes and her father, Jerk (Paul Dano), tries to reassure her that movies are not real and are the result of a technology that allows light to pass through a series of photographs. In response, her mom, Mitzi (Michelle Williams), says something that Semi will remember for the rest of her life. “A movie is a dream. A dream that stays with you forever.”
After being terrified of the train crash in the movie, Semi tries to recreate the scene by crashing a miniature train into a car that her father bought her for Hanukkah. But you can’t keep crashing a toy train indefinitely, so his mom puts an 8mm film camera in his hands, saying, “Let’s capture the image on camera and keep going to drive the fear away.” Young Semi experiences a new world where different angles, arrangements, and compositions create different delicate mise-en-scène, and editing stitches together the images to create a whole new world.
Excited, Semi writes her own scripts, uses ketchup as blood in her movies, and casts her sisters as mummies using scrolls of toilet paper. As an adolescent, Semi (Gabriel Ravel) still enlists his family and friends to help him experiment with different angles and record his moments on camera. Without anyone to teach him, he’s used flour for realistic fight scenes and punched holes in film to create a