We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) in the charming romantic comedy fantasy Midnight in Paris (2011). Written and directed by Woody Allen, it tells of a writer who at midnight is able to travel back in time to the 1920s.
In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey; Husband, Father, Pharmacist and all around gentle-man resident of: Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as: Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill. Green, Berry, Hill. And I Would Like To Think This was Only A Matter Of Chance.
The opening lines as narrated in Magnolia (1999), a mosaic mixture of storylines that arguably includes Tom Cruise’s best ever performance.
I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.
Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) in the cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941). Though largely ignored at the Academy Awards for political reasons, the film thrust it’s writer/director/leading star into the spotlight and has long been considered one of the greatest films ever made.
I just spent the entire flight staring into the sky thinking not about my fiancé but about this mystery guy I met a million and a half hours ago. A guy I don’t even remember except for this vague picture I have inside my head. It was just a few seconds, a fragment really. And it was like, in that moment, the whole universe just existed to bring us together. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m going to let fate take me wherever it wants me to go.
Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) in the romantic comedy Serendipity (2001), as recommended by the lovely Nicola.