Some examples of the first, although the shedding may either come as they enter an afterlife or recall/fantasize while dying:
Disney’s animated short about the life of Johnny Appleseed from MELODY TIME
Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in MAYTIME
I seem to recall such an association at the end of DREAMCHILD (about the elderly Alice Liddell reflecting on her past friendship with Lewis Carroll)
GOODBYE, MR CHIPS?
Possibly Welles’ THE IMMORTAL STORY
Films about reincarnation and/or the Dalai Lama?—KUNDUN, LITTLE BUDDHA, etc.
Another that’s been a while—John Huston’s THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN
the Robin Williams mess, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
These are at least somewhat ambiguous but aim in a similar direction:
Fellini’s 8 ½
Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES
Of course, there are many versions of the opposite (young-looking people who age immediately on or after dying—various Dracula and vampire films, versions of THE MUMMY, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, LOST HORIZON, SHE, etc.), and there are twists on the subject in PRELUDE TO A KISS; arguably, DAMN YANKEES; DOWN TO EARTH (remake of HEAVEN CAN WAIT which was a remake of HERE COMES MR. JORDAN);
"Only connect" --E.M. Forster
Donald F. Larsson
English Dept., AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
From: Heather Addison [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sat 9/13/2003 1:01 PM
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Subject: young again films
I am trying to compile a list of films in which elderly/older characters
shed their age when they die. The two examples I have thus far are THE
GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947) and TITANIC (1997).
I'm also interested in any films that present decades of a character's
life but suggest that young adulthood is the richest/best period of the
human life cyle.
If anyone can suggest some titles in these areas (particularly the
first), I'd really appreciate it.
Heather Addison, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5138
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