Creator Title Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
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.

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.

Sculptor: Michelangelo Buonarotti Pieta

Life is acceptance of pain. Resignation in the face of tragedy.

Resignation and sorrow for a great personal loss.

Author: Emma Lazarus The New Colossus

Benevolent celebration of liberty as a beacon to a troubled world.

A marvelous land of liberty offers welcome to the oppressed of the world.

Painter: Ettore Tito La Gomena (The Boat Tow-er)

There is great effort in life, and a woman can be the master of it. This painting is a curious combination of romantic heroism and 19th century genre naturalism. It has a visual dynamism and dramatic content that is strongly romantic, yet the subject is the prosaic task of pulling a boat out of the water.

The will and the power of a woman. Implacable determination.

Composer: Warren and Dubin Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Weariness & Sadness

Life is loss of dreams and sadness

Miron - Parish: Tzena Tzena Tzena

Joyous celebration

Joyous celebration

Director: Andrew Stanton Wall-E

The world is garbage, and more garbage and humans have destroyed the earth, because of their wanton consumerism.

Mankind is a blight on the universe, and only cute robots (as opposed to evil robots) can save the earth from human degradation.

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: Oliver Stone Wall Street

There are bad people in power who use ordinary people as pawns in their endless pursuit of money. Those who are not ruthless are sheep to be slaughtered by the rich and powerful. Greed is bad.

Financiers are amoral money-grubbing backstabbers, i.e., desire for money corrupts

Sculptor: Agesander Laocoon (Laocoön and His Sons)

Life is a desperate, agonizing struggle.

The heroic but agonizing defeat of Men. This sculpture certainly represents at the same time the heroic nature of men but cast into an impossible situation that can only be tragic.

Dancers: Torvill and Dean Bolero

Harmony, grace exist.

Two people as one.

Singing Group: Soviet Army Chorus and Band Wait for Your Soldier

Happiness triumphs.

The power of joy to motivate action.

Screenwriter: Chopra Vidhu Vinod 3 Idiots

Life can be fun and productive and exciting. As is true in some other Bollywood features, this story and the ideas behind it about pursuing the good life, has an honesty and clarity and benevolence that is not part of the U.S. movie scene.

Be what you want to be; follow your passion in life

Director: Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet

Tragedy is central to life.

Romantic Love is doomed and we don't control our own lives.

Author: Henry Kitchell Webster Real Adventure, The

Life is wonderful as long as you realize that life has to be earned the hard way.

Creating your self is the only way to live.

De Felitta, Raymond: City Island

Anxiety and pain from all the lies and mistaken motives. Catharsis from the climax, leading to feelings of wanting to be truthful in life!

Lying is not the way to live.

Composer: Alfredo Catalani Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (aria from La Wally)

Longing is the overall emotional tone of the music. The lyric gives reason to this overall tone.

Sadness at having to leave forever the place where you were happy once.

Director: Fredi Murer Vitus

If you have the will, you can find the way to live the way you want.

Living your life your own way is the only right way.

Painter: Domenico Ghirlandaio Old Man with a Young Boy

Human companionship or family closeness is real.

Quiet familial love. (A grandfather (perhaps) gazing upon a grandson, and vice versa, in a clear moment of happy communion.)

Director: Akira Kurosawa Rashomon

The world is terrible and full of disasters and mankind is awful and pathetic.

Objectivity is a myth -- everyone sees a different reality, a different "story".

Alexander, John: Trees

A sense of the world as dynamic and strong.

Nature is wild and dynamic.

Composer: Lerner and Loewe Camelot

One must attempt to live by values, even though virtue is powerless and hopeless.

Camelot: a medieval place of goodness and justice, and its inevitable failure.

Loysel, Jacques: La Grande Nevrose

The dynamic female body is beautiful and exciting. Although it may not explicitly suggest it, the nude and its tense position could be felt as erotic.

An animated female body is a vessel of perfection.