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

Dancers: Torvill and Dean Bolero

Harmony, grace exist.

Two people as one.

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.

Domenichino: Head of a Bearded Man

Pensive, worried, detached qualities of humanity

Worry is the way of the world.

Director: Leo McCarey Ruggles of Red Gap

Happiness and fulfillment is in yourself.

Personal declaration of independence from servitude

Director: Stephane Gauger Owl and the Sparrow

A child shows sweetness and strength and determination.

Searching for family, for soulmates.

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.

Composer: Lou Handman Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Sensuality and bitterness

The remembrance of past love.

Architect: Anonymous Sainte-Chapelle

The world is brilliant, light, colorful, orderly.

The world is brilliant, light, colorful, orderly.

Author: Phyllis Brett Young Psyche

Optimistic, Hopeful, even under terrible circumstances.

We are beings of self-made soul

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.

Director: Alan Parker Fame

Life is hard, but you can succeed, and it is worth it and exhilarating.

Go after your heart's desire.

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

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.

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.

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: Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet

Tragedy is central to life.

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

Director: Hugh Hudson Greystoke

Life is Loss -- life is grim and culture is grim and the jungle is grim. All is grim.

The other important feature of the film emotionally is that Tarzan has been crippled by his circumstances of being brought up in the jungle -- he cannot live as a man, so the great tragedy of the story is that he has to return to the jungle, which is below primitive -- it is an isolated hell in which death is at every corner, and at best the companionship of apes. Given that the story partly portrays civilized men as brutes who relish killing animals, perhaps the emotional intent is to make the choice to return to the jungle as positive, but for this reviewer it is unutterably tragic and ugly.

Loss, Loss, Loss. Man as metaphysically alien from human culture.

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.

Composer: Franz Lehar Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)

Love brings gaiety and joy to life.

Love can be gay and tender, solemn and lighthearted, painful and joyous.

Vance, Louis Joseph: Brass Bowl, The

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

Life as a gay, lighthearted adventure.

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.