Creator Title Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
Author: Phyllis Brett Young Psyche

Optimistic, Hopeful, even under terrible circumstances.

We are beings of self-made soul

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.

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.

Vance, Louis Joseph: Brass Bowl, The

The world is a delightful place. Good things happen to the deserving.

Life as a gay, lighthearted adventure.

Choreographer: Harold Lander Etudes

Thrilling pleasure at beautiful movement and great success at developing the best within you.

Hard work results in great achievement in life -- and that results in beauty and excitement in life.

Shute, Nevil: Landfall

Heroes and Heroines are self-made, by anyone at any level of intelligence who seriously pursues what is important in their lives.

Truth will triumph -- with perseverance.

Writer: Noel Coward Design for Living

Life can be giddy and bright. Facing up to one's anti-conventional values is important. Conventional morality must be questioned if it causes suffering and conflict.

You should follow your deepest values and accept them no matter how unconventional the outcome.

A rare combination of the wittiest, lightest of Noel Coward's style, along with deeper themes of romantic love, proper morality and how should one live.

Composer: Warren and Dubin Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Weariness & Sadness

Life is loss of dreams and sadness

Alexander, John: Trees

A sense of the world as dynamic and strong.

Nature is wild and dynamic.

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.

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.

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.

Sculptor: Michelangelo Buonarotti Pieta

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

Resignation and sorrow for a great personal loss.

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.

Director: Leo McCarey Ruggles of Red Gap

Happiness and fulfillment is in yourself.

Personal declaration of independence from servitude

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

Painter: Thomas Wilmer Dewing Comedia

Life is sumptuous and beautiful and alive.

Feminine vivacity and gaiety

Sculptor: unknown Niobe

Human action is beautiful.

Life is movement.

Miron - Parish: Tzena Tzena Tzena

Joyous celebration

Joyous celebration

Director: Fred Zinnemann High Noon

There is palpable evil in the world. There is heroism in the face of evil in the world. The movie is full of fear and foreboding and betrayal.

Civil Society is the ideal, and worth fighting for. Doing what is right is the right way to live. Don't let the evil bastards win. The theme is expressed repeatedly in the movie via the contrast of the Marshall who grimly faces the need to do what he lives for, despite the death facing him, vs. the mealy mouthed town folk, many of which who won't fight for their civil society, and vs. the deputy marshall who portrays the sellout who will give into evil force in order to "get along".

Architect: Guarino Guarini Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo (Royal Church of St. Lawrence)

The world is perfected. The joy of seeing complexity that is simplicity, i.e., that the rich complex vision arises from simple elements which because of their arrangement provide layers of visual thrills.

Complex, soaring geometric order.

Author: Nevil Shute Far Country, The

Life can be bright, happy and successful, but hard decisions must be faced and dealt with.

A good and happy life is made up of self-directed actions, self-chosen goals.

A less important theme is:
Freedom from government control.
Whether the government control results from devastating wars, or from socialist control of medical care, freedom is to be sought and prized.

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.

Architect: Anonymous Sainte-Chapelle

The world is brilliant, light, colorful, orderly.

The world is brilliant, light, colorful, orderly.

Sculptor: Jean Baptiste (1630-1700) Tuby Chariot of Apollo

The world has thrilling powerful men of action.  There are no limits to what can be achieved.

Elegant, physical power.  The fantasy ability to fly through water and air with grace and ease.