If the Island has Electric

There’s an old game if it can be called that, that people like to play. It generally starts with, “If you were stranded on a desert island, what five (or ten, depending on who’s playing) five books would you want with you?” The sister question is, “If you were stranded on a desert island, what five (or 10) movies would you want with you?”

As far as books go, my list seems to change over the years; that only makes sense – more exposure, wider scope. Not so with my movie list; that list seems to stay fairly static. There are a number of movies on my list that still hold the same thrill for me now as when I first viewed them. I’d like to discuss one of them especially.

I just finished watching, for the umpteenth time, the movie Gandhi. It was released in February of 1983 but I didn’t see it until many years later. Neither of my husbands (ex and present) are movie people and it’s not much fun going to the movies by yourself. Movies are really a social thing, I think; we like to have someone with us to share the scares or the laughter or the tears that movies produce. As it turns out, I prefer to watch Gandhi alone, that way I can give it my undivided attention – something I think the movie deserves.

I am not, as you know, an adept student of history but certain stories having to do with history are favorites. I had, of course, heard about the real Gandhi and have seen old news clips of him but I didn’t know the person until watching the movie. It’s like the perfect storm of bad things coming together – a very bad phase in British history, a very sad phase of India’s history, and a haunting phase in the history of multiple religions trying to live in close proximity. And Gandhi is in the middle, the eye of the storm.

There are memorable quotes from the movie, such as Gandhi telling a clergy friend that he’d read the Bible and saying, “It’s too bad Christians don’t believe it.” Here is a very moving clip. Gandhi is fasting (his last fast) for peace between the Hindus and the Muslims https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0adv8zQsa9I. Another clip I like is Gandhi speaking to a journalist he became friendly with while he was in South Africa (can’t help but wonder what Gandhi would think of today’s journalist – and South Africa, for that matter) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi6SInyE0sw. Here is another good clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6rhUz_IlAw.

It’s a long movie, three hours and eleven minutes. There are no boring parts, no slow parts, no bad photography; indeed, the movie displays what is beautiful about India – and what is abysmal. I can think of lots less uplifting ways to spend three hours. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it. This movie is Ben Kingsley’s crowning achievement; he plays Gandhi as if he was Gandhi. Riveting.

So, yes – Gandhi is on my list of movies – if the island has electric.


18 Responses to If the Island has Electric

  1. the unit says:

    It is Saturday right?
    Free on a deserted island, movie and song. Jailhouse Rock!
    85 % of googlers liked the movie, says google. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. the unit says:

    Thank Heavens for Saturday and my little girls…coming over for Grandmom’s b’day and to swim @ 4pm. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • audremyers says:

      Awww!!! Lucky you! My ‘gg’s are in Texas.

      This is one of my daughter’s favorite movies. Gigi.

      Liked by 2 people

      • the unit says:

        Now waiting for hamburgers and hot dogs to be ready. Grandmom’s work never finished. 🙂
        I did offer to skillet fry the french fries, but was turned down for healthy oven baked. Thank Heavens for Grandmom’s. I was lucky and had one. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • audremyers says:

          I was blessed with two – one of German descent and the other of Irish descent. Believe me – we had food!!! LOL!

          Liked by 1 person

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