If you remember, I watched JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR, about 130 times and GODSPELL about 30 times. I must be a slow learner, or I wouldn't have had to watch them so often to get whatever it was that I was supposed to get from it. But, anyway, I was finally released from their spell.
Ted Neely, who played the lead in the movie JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR, came to Cedar Rapids, about two hours away, in a revival of the stage musical from thirty or so years before. The movie was derived from the play. During intermission, there were all kinds of things being sold -- I joined the Ted Neely fan club and have a Ted Neely key chain still!
It was the movie that held the magic for me, however. With the movie, I forgot I was sitting in my living room in front of a TV screen. In the stage production, I always knew I was sitting there watching the musical, all the while comparing it to the movie and wanting the stage production that had all flashy colored flames to be just like the movie.
There are a few other movies I like to see more than once, of course, nowhere near the extent of the first two movies I mention above.
The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe, is one. I watched it about four times.
The Painted Veil, starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, is another I've watched several times.
There are a few others.
What is it about a movie that makes me want to watch it more than once, I ask myself.
Certainly I didn't watch The Last of the Mohicans for its violence. I didn't watch The Painted Veil for a married woman's flirtation with someone else's husband.
It must be the love story that grips me. I am not speaking of only romance, but true love that far exceeds romance. There is love of a way of life, and there is love of service, and there is true deep abiding love that was not instant but grew to be love.
What are the two movie I mentioned at the beginning but true love stories?