Creator Title Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
Director: John McTiernan Die Hard

The way to beat evil is to give no quarter, no compromise. Life is hard, but fighting for the right is rewarded.

Giving up in life is not an option.

Composer: Lou Handman Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Sensuality and bitterness

The remembrance of past love.

Author: Nevil Shute Trustee from the Toolroom

A feeling of gentleness, kindness and generosity towards good people in the world.

The importance of pursuing one's personal values.

Sculptor: Pio Fedi Rape of Polyxena, The

Strength and complex beauty are central. Vitality, passion and action are hallmarks of this work.

Life is complex strife, entwined with strong god-like characters.

Director: Emile Ardolino Dirty Dancing

Life is passionate and meaningful.

The joy and passion of love and life and dancing, while learning integrity and independence.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Attila (live performance)

Life is a mix of strength, heroism, romantic passion.

The work is a long complex opera, so it has many other lyrical emotions as part of it, but this covers the basic sense of life.

Loving a heroic woman leads to death

Director: Marshall Herskovitz Dangerous Beauty

The world is a horrible split of conventional marital morality vs. honest but promiscuous morality. The way to live requires one sacrifice one's body for one's soul.

The importance of accepting your own rules for living, your own morality.

Director: Stephane Gauger Owl and the Sparrow

A child shows sweetness and strength and determination.

Searching for family, for soulmates.

Director: Raymond De Felitta Two Family House

Feelings of benevolence and optimism about life. Happiness comes from making choices for your own good.

Going after what you want in life; Don't be stopped by conventional standards of the people around you. It takes courage to be selfish.

Landscape Designer: Fletcher Steele Blue Steps of Naumkeag

elegance and grace

The man-made enhances nature -- it is what makes nature beautiful

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

The world is open and has sweeping, unending possibilities.

The essence of a house as shelter, and providing a sense of strength and privacy. That is, a structure that exudes strength through its massive cantilever and massive brick and stone forms, along with its big overhangs sheltering the windows to create a sense of privacy and enclosure, in its urban situation.

Director: Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot

Life is dirty but one can clean up.

Go after what you love.

Director and Screenwriter: Richard Curtis Love Actually

Romantic love, family love, filial love, and the love of friendship are of central importance to human existence, and are possible to achieve.

Wonderful experiences of love are found in many forms and places.

Playwright: William Shakespeare Othello: the Moor of Venice

Malevolence and horrible tragedy is unrelieved.  Evil is potent.

A great man can be gullible and controlled by an evil character.  Or, an evil character can have potency in the world, because of the weakness of a good man.

Miron - Parish: Tzena Tzena Tzena

Joyous celebration

Joyous celebration

Playwright: Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac

Life can be exciting. Life can be grand, literally. There is also some great sadness about consummated love, since it is portrayed as unreachable.

The importance of independence and independent thought. Compromise is deadly to one's soul. Sub-themes: a) Doubt of one's goodness because of an incidental fact (physical feature) is terribly damaging and tragic. b) Helping someone by faking reality is damaging and can come to no good.

Director: Carroll Ballard Black Stallion

Everything is possible between boy and beast, between an innocent human and mother nature.

Man and nature in harmony. At least this is the theme of the first half of the movie. See "Description" and "Context" info below for more on this comment.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones Rob Roy

Life is a struggle. The life you make for yourself can be difficult, but living it with strength and morality is the way to live. Happiness is possible in romance.

Heroism in everyday life leads to heroism writ large. A man works hard to lead his life and those of his extended clan in an honorable, productive, honest way. This is the everyday heroism. But dishonorable, evil men seek to steal from him and ruin him. This leads to a life of larger-than-life heroism to vanquish his mortal, and stronger enemies.

White, James Terry: Hyacinths to feed thy soul

Hopeful. Even in poverty one can have beauty.

Beauty is a form of sustenance

Author: Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged

Life can be good; Men are competent to live happily; The world can be a shining, happy place to exist, if one is free. But novel also presents a dark, dystopian world to help make real that positive view.

The crucial value of the human mind.