Traveling for Mel Lifshitz is not only a hobby but a passion, a part of his life that cannot be curtailed. It motivates him to do lots of things and it gives him a broader picture of different realities.
As he is a travel fanatic, he also finds time checking out movies with travel themes and lists his top favorites. Below is the list of his top 5 most favorite travel films.
5. A Cry in the Dark – This is a story about a mother whose child was killed during a camping trip and was accused as the murderer. This movie is based from a true story of Lindy Chamberlain. She claims she witnessed a dingo stealing her baby daughter Azaria from the family tent during a camping to Ayer’s Rock in outback Australia. This case attracts lots of attention on who really is the real kidnapper or murderer.
“Meryl Streep was incredible in this film. She has an amazing knack for accents, and she shows incredible skill in this film overall. I really felt for her when Lindy was being persecuted. She was played realistically, too. She got cranky, upset, and unpleasant as the media and the government continued their unrelenting witchhunt. I didn’t expect much from the film initially, but I really got interested in it, and the movie is based on a real person and real events. It turned out to be better than I had anticipated. Sam Neill was also outstanding; this is the best work I’ve seen from him, and I’ve really liked him in other movies (The Piano, for example). I gave the film a 7, but if I could rate just the acting, I’d give the it a 9.5, and a perfect 10 for Streep.” - Alan S (Bloomington, IN)
4. The Last Emperor – This is a story about Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China with highlights about his decline and dissolute lifestyle which ends to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People’s Republic.
“I saw this movie at the cinema when I was 17 years old. I was completely overwhelmed by the movie (I already had a fascination for China) that I decided to visit china in 1992 just to see the forbidden palace (and the rest of China of course).
The music in the movie is brilliant, the cinematography outstanding, the story very moving (the end of the movie broke my heart).
Don´t expect an action-packed or high paced movie and be ready to sit through 3+ hours. If you´re all that, it might be worth a look for you as well:)” - arjen (holland)
3. Lost in Translation – This flick is about Bob Harris, an American film actor who is far past his prime. The story starts when he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a photographer. They become traveling companions in Tokyo and started a special relationship after.
“It’s been a long time since a movie has made me hurt the way this one did. Perhaps “hurt” isn’t the right word. “Ache” is more like it. I could so completely identify with both characters.
Bob is a middle-aged actor caught in a life which has lost its zest and purpose, doing what he “ought” to be doing (making money doing whiskey commercials) instead of doing what he WANTS to do (plays). And then a young, beautiful, intelligent woman enters his orbit. On that level alone, with its mute longing and sexual tension, I can identify with him.
And then there is Charlotte, a student of philosophy seeking herself, her soul lost and adrift. She doesn’t know who she is, doesn’t know what she wants. Her life is a quest for authenticity of self. And I identify with her because so much of my life I have been seeking the same thing.” - Steve (SECurtisTX@yahoo.com) (Dallas) Continue reading here.
2. The African Queen – This is set in Africa during World War I when Reverend Samuel Sayer became a hostile foreigner after his mission was burned down by the German Imperial Troops. Rose Sayer, his sister, along with Charlie Allnut, sought revenge for his brother.
“This is one of those films whose special effects and scenery must have been astounding at the time (1951), but which seem mediocre at best today. BUT, and that’s a big ‘but’, this does not detract from the greatness of the movie overall. The scenery truly is beautiful, for one thing—and the direction and cinematography is great.
However, what truly makes this film a classic, and deservedly so, is the performances given by the lead actors. For their one film together, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn pull out all the stops. Bogart is crude, dirty and a low-life river-rat with a heart of gold. He gives the Oscar-winning performance of his lifetime. Hepburn is prim and prissy, but always manages to win us over with her radiance and vulnerability, as well as that core of steel and strength she lends to all her on-screen characters. He’s charming, in his way; she’s achingly beautiful in hers. You can’t help but warm to Charlie and Rosie, and truly, genuinely root for them to get together.” - gaityr (United Kingdom) Read more here.
1. Chocolat – A sweet story about a single mother and her six-year old daughter who open a chocolate shop after moving to rural France. Mel Lifshitz likes this movie the most because of its simplicity and how it successfully outshines other flicks in its genre, plus France is one of Mel’s favorite travel destinations.
“I have only seen this movie for the first time today. I have to admit that I hesitated somewhat as I did not believe I would like it because it was described to me as a ‘chick flick’, a genre I do not subscribe to even though I am a girl. How wrong was that description. I loved the film, the story, the scenery. Such genuine & diverse characters. The actors chosen were perfect for their roles, I cannot imagine anyone else playing the parts. The DVD I had was borrowed, but I intend to buy a copy for myself as it would fit into my small library of movies. I have to see it again & this time I will share the experience with my partner as I know he will appreciate the story.” - lida_mila (Australia)
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