Posted by Michaelson from em12-686.utsi.edu on October 08, 1998 at 09:21:48:
In Reply to: Re: To Michaelson and other "old ones" here posted by Major Paul on October 08, 1998 at 05:23:37:
: : Hi,
: : I don't want to sound too curious or anything, but I'm just interested in knowing that what in Indiana Jones keeps "old guys" like you interested? I have always thought that enthusiastic "movie fan-ness" (and most of all being a fan of a movie such "light" as Indiana Jones) is for just "kids" like me (I'm 18 now), and that adults take things more seriously and won't devote much time for such "rubbish".
: : So, what is the magic of Indy?-) Also, being of the generation who never saw any of the Indy movies on the big screen, did you become an Indy fan in 1980 already or later?
: : Cheers,
: : Joonas Linkola, 18
: : Finland
: Well, you're correct when you note that as you get older, you don't waste your time and attention on "rubbish". I have lots of interests/hobbies (scuba, travelling, history, snowboarding, skiing) and I love movies. And time is very valuable to me so I try not to waste it.
: When I first saw Raiders in 1981, I'd just started high school. The fasination then was the exciting action and the great story telling. Raiders made a great impression back then. And I just kept coming back for more as the next movies came out...Temple of Doom...Last Crusade. Later, I began collecting items from the movies in the same manner as one collects coins or sports cards. As I got older though, I started to enjoy these three films for more subtle reasons. One factor was the time period of the stories. As a historian, I'm fascinated by the early half of this century and the Indy tales really conjured up delightful, although somewhat stylized, images of that time period. The other factor had to do with analyzing the character of Jones and how Ford lends a little of himself to that character. As you get older, you start to realize a few things about life. For starters, none of us are going to be the perfect little angels are mothers' hoped we'd be. And this planet we live on is not as black and white/good v. evil that we would like it to be. Sometimes we have to deal with a lot of confusing gray areas. We stumble and make bad decisions. But the important thing is we learn from those mistakes and try not to repeat 'em. Watching Ford, you recognize that conflict in him to "stay in the light" as Belloq would say. Now that's kind of reading into things a bit, maybe a little too much "psycho-raz-matazz" for some, but we all need a simple code to live by. Indy's code seems pretty good to me. He gets tempted a lot but he usually makes the right call.
: On the other hand, the movies are just simply fun to watch. 'Sheer escapism on a hot summer day' and all that. And I enjoy seeing how other people relate to the films as well. This is really like belonging to a big club. -MP
You know, I can't add a whole lot to the good Major's point above. I was in my late 20's when Raiders came out, married and with our first child. I had settled into the old head of household routine (spelled "rut") that we all find outselves falling into. I guess speaking for myself, Indiana Jones represented to me a combination of my brothers and my personalities. He was the academic end, spoke and wrote several languages, translated Latin and Egyptian text for Ohio State University and Duke, but as Indy said of Brody, wasn't a field may so to speak. I on the other hand was the nut who would go head first into the cave to get answers with little thought to possible consequences. Combined, we were Indy. Without, I probably would have made a good Forrestal, considering his demise. Anyway, that flame was lit back in '81, and as I have grown older, I have come to understand more and more that life is what you make of it, regardless of what it throws at you. Unfortunately my older brother passed away in '79 and never saw any of the Indy movies, but Indy gave new dimension to things, and I just never lost that spark. Other than that, I don't have any other clue as to it's "hold". It just is. Thanks for asking. Regards. Michaelson
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