Seeing/Not-Seeing, New Ways of Seeing
- Signs (2002)
- Shrek (2001)
- Amelie (2001)
- Amelie walks a blind man across the street, but as
she goes she begins telling him all the things around, in detail, in
effect giving him sight. (Darrel Manson, Artesia,
- The Green Mile
- through John Coffey (J.C.), the warden
learns to see the world differently
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Intimacy/distance themes throughout movie - people
wearing masks of various kinds, seeing and yet not seeing each other.
- The Sixth Sense
- Malcolm's discovery at the end of the movie.
- "I see dead people. They don't know they're dead.
They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see."
(Sounds like something that could be said by Jesus in the Gospel of
- Cole's lens-less eyeglasses at the beginning of the
film. Malcolm helps him see in new ways, as he helps Malcolm come to
terms with his own situation.
- At First
- [Virgil], who has been blind, has had an operation to
give him sight. When the bandages are removed, he "sees", but
has no reference to interepret what he is seeing. (submitted by Susan
Townsend, Natchitoches, LA)
- Instinct (1999)
- Powell leads Calder to see the world differently, and
leads the other prisoners to see a different way of living together.
- The Horse Whisperer
- Annie's way of seeing is altered as Tom Booker heals
Grace and Pilgrim.
- Dark City (1998)
- The city is dark until John battles the forces of evil.
Then eternal darkness is lifted and light returns to the world.
- Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
- Finding the rock and starting on the quest causes Izzy
to find hope and understand different realities.
- A Simple Plan (1998)
- Hank doesn't see his own
happiness until he loses everything. Although he sees his brother as the
"lesser" of the two of them, it is his brother who was truly
connected to their family and "saw" those relationships for
what they were.
- Timothy Levitch is a man on a mission to startle people
into seeing the beauty of New York City. (submitted by JBarrington)
- Eye of God (1997)
- Ainsley's speech toward end of movie,
she removes her glass eye.
- The Game (1997)
- "[The movie is] an incredible film commentary on
the Bible verse John 9:25, "Once I was blind but now I can
- After Nicholas knows he is part of The Game, and
something could happen at any time, suddenly he notices people - he sees
everyone and everything for the first time. (DVD ch 6)
- In the movie, she uses this
machine built by unknown alien plans. The machine
takes her on a journey that is very powerful and
real, the problem is that it appears to the entire
world that nothing happened. She is dismissed as delusional, but it is as
real to her as anything she has ever experienced.
Our walk with Christ is the same. It has to be
experienced. To those who have not experienced it seems delusional,
but for those who walk with Christ it is real and
true. (Steve Richardson,
First United Methodist Church of Boyd)
- The scene where
Dr. Arroway (Jodie Foster) is called to testify before the congressional
hearing reminds me of the scene where the Blind Man (well, ex-Blind Man
actually) is called to testify before the Pharisees. Whilst there is an
obvious difference in that the Blind Man could provide the Pharisees with
the sort of physical evidence that Dr. Arroway could not, the interogators
in both cases have made their minds up and are unwilling to "see" the truth
that is being presented to them. The 'truth' is not always visible to the
(Andrew Fox, Russell Street Uniting Church, Toowoomba, AU)
- After Yamba learns the
story of Jesus, he sees crosses everywhere. (see review at Hollywood
Holland's Opus (1995)
- Or "hearing/not hearing":
Holland's inability to see and hear his son until his son confronts him
with that reality.
- Pulp Fiction
- Jules and Vincent, side
by side, experience being shot at in a flurry of bullets and see the
bullet holes on the wall behind them. Jules sees a "miracle"
which causes him to try to leave his life as a hit-man. Vincent sees
nothing - discounts the "miracle" - and is killed later
(earlier!) in the film.
- The movie "Philadelphia" is an interesting
example of a person (the attorney played by Denzel Washington) who
starts out with refusal and unseeing then moves through levels of
perception in response to an invitation to see the one (the AIDS
patient, played by Tom Hanks) seeking his help, and ends up being an
instrument of justice as his heart is converted. Not a bad illustration,
really, of how the Spirit works in practical life. (submitted by Greg
- Ghost (1990)
- This film works well in helping others to identify with
the impulse to share truth and convictions related to the
supernatural. The scene were Patrick Swayze first visits Whoopie
Goldberg and realizes that she can hear him, followed by the scene of
him singing Henry the Eighth I Am, demonstrates that once one hears of
and encounters a truth, It is difficult to deny: (submitted by Jay
- Dr. Sayer finds medication which can temporarily awaken
catatonic people from their condition. Dr. Sayer is "healed"
in his own "awakening" (new seeing) as he learns to care for
the people he is working with and for.
- Field of Dreams (1989)
- Throughout the movie, Ray sees things that others do
not. Only when they have awakened to the faith of the field do
they see. John 9:25. Especially the last scene where the
skeptical brother in law sees the players on the field for the first
time. (Niel Climer)
- Crimes and
- The blind Rabbi sees with moral clarity.
- Charlie cannot see the inadequacies of his own
self-centered character and lifestyle until he confronts and learns from
his autistic brother.
- RoboCop (1987)
- Robo removing his mask to see his face; dis-covering
- Blue Velvet (1986)
- Jeffrey: "I'm seeing something that was always
hidden. I'm involved in a mystery. I'm in the middle of a mystery and
it's all secret." Sandy: "You like mysteries that much?"
Jeffrey: You're a mystery and I like you very much."
- Places in the Heart
- Mr. Will learns to "see" a
different reality after the "baptism" of the tornado
(wind/spirit and water). (Malkovich is said to have played that part not
by wearing a blindfold and practicing being blind, but by looking into
himself at the places where he himself is blind.)
- The Blues
- scene where Jake & Elroy visit the Black church,
and see the light. End cue: Elroy" The
Band!....." (submitted by Luke Whiteside)
- "Stars Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young. She is
tragically plain in appearance, downright ugly-looking to some. He is a
once-handsome fighter pilot whose face is disfigured when his plane
crashes. They meet when he is convalescing at the cottage where she
works as a maid. They marry because (if I remember correctly) they each
think the other is the best they will ever be able to do. Shortly after
their marriage, they fall in love. This discovery causes them to
consummate the union. The next morning, she is radiantly movie-star
beautiful, and he is restored to his handsome self. The catch is, that
this is the way they see each other, but outsiders still see them as
their ugly selves, and treat them accordingly. The only friend they have
with whom they can be themselves is a blind neighbor, who treats them
according to their new self-confidence, which is itself based upon their
new self-image created by love. I have preached this as an illustration
of God's great love for us in bringing about salvation -- seeing us only
through the eyes of love, and not through the eyes of the world, that
stands ready to see only our faults and ugliness." (submitted by
Adrienne Brewington, Hollis NY)
- The Wizard of Oz
- Another way of looking at it is like in the Wizard of
Oz. The world is in shades of gray, and then suddenly you see all the
colors of God's rainbow. (submitted by Gayle Bach-Watson)
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