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Forrest Gump
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Did you guys know that Forrest Gump inspired John Lennon's Imagine? a-hard-days-night-john-6

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The movie gets a lot of criticism from my fellow academics because they tend to see it as a politically conservative film that trivializes history and distorts events such as the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement.


I'm not putting that out there to influence anyone or spoil the film for anyone and I myself think the movie's more complicated than that.  I enjoyed seeing it and when it came out (and still think Hanks' performance and Gary Sinise's were superb) but I think there are a lot of problems with it.

I definitely think FG's fair game for criticism of that sort because it does deal with several wrenching social and cultural events--the killing of John Lennon among them.  It's not just "entertainment"--that movie is definitely making some Big Statements.


I'd almost forgotten about the clip with JL and FG.  The original material was from the Dick Cavett show--these were famous interviews and Cavett became a friend of JL, I believe.

What is most interesting, I believe, from a critical viewpoint is that to do this clip, the filmmakers had to erase Yoko, who of course participated in the original interviews.

If you look at the comments on YouTube you'll find, I think, that some message board folks liked this aspect of rewriting/reimaging history.  I have to say I'm disgusted by their hatred.

Although it's not the same thing ideologically, some of FG does recall how photographs were altered and people removed from them to distort events in the Soviet Union.

Sorry, I hope no one takes this as a lecture.

Before you flame me for this post, think about it.  Then you can flame me!   :)

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With Yoko being edited out, I can't decide if that was on purpose or just neccesary. Did they really want to leave Yoko out maliciously, or was it, for example, just an easy clip to tamper with? What I mean by that is that they needed an interveiw with two people. If it had been an interveiw with John Lennon by himself, it would have been akward to have Forrest Gump standing there off to the side, neither John or the interveiwer taking notice that another person was participating in the interveiw. Because in the above  clip, you do get a glance from Dick at what would have been Yoko from the real clip. Sorry this is so confusing, it's hard to explain! paul-mccartney

But I agree, it's very disrespectful to say you prefer the "Forrest Gump" version of the John interview. I thought it was funny and creative, but when you look at it from the way others might be - well, its disgusting, rude, and offensive. I think, though, that they were trying to make a funny joke that Forrest Gump influenced a lot of huge events in history, one being John's song Imagine. I never saw it as offensive, but hey, that's all perspective (and maybe closemindedness on my part, for not paying that much attention to the political part of the movie!a-hard-days-night-paul-4It's a been a long time since I've seen it.) It's a very interesting topic, and I'm just adding my opinion, and by no means flaming you! :)

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