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Old lady Thayer and her husband Norman leave the bustling city for their previous residence in the country, a blockhouse resting on the pond, to kick off their elderly time. Nearly 70-year-old Thayer maintains fulfilling enthusiasm about life, on the contrary, her 79-year-old husband Norman is riddled with despondency and took on the eccentric temper for fear of death owing to his heart trouble. The story is coincided with the old man’s 80th birthday, when the long separated daughter Chelsea, with Norman who has perennial, dubious gap, comes back to Golden Pond to celebrate father’s birthday with her boyfriend and his 14-year-old son. Abundance of cinematography and considerate narration styles are applied throughout the film On Golden Pond, in which scenery shot and existentialism skill come out on top.


Luxuriant scenery shots describing the artistic scenes give an added gloss to the atmosphere creation and affection depiction.


What is described in the first scenery is echoed by the film title. Beneath the golden sunset afterglow peacefully flows the glinting lake water, the lake is now the stage where the beautiful fairy telling about the eternal love between these two old is on, but also a golden bridge connecting Norman’s lonely, frozen heart to the warm harbor.


The second scenery is ushered with a couple of leisurely waterfowls, which appear in both the opening and closing of the film. It seems natural and visual to compare the two old to these adorable creatures, supporting and inspiring mutually, as well as giving reciprocal help in humble circumstances on the love stage.


Then in the third scenery, Norman’s obstinate daughter, Chelsea is at the pavilion observing the lotuses blooming on the pond. She just gets gloomy and irritated due to her father’s seemingly acidulous utterance. However, the fact is that the old man is only not proficient in expressing his inner affections. Chelsea is looking down on the lotuses, to some extent, these two lotuses bear some resemblance to the awkward father and daughter, they still keep and want harmony on the same “pond” although some distance exists between them.


Ultimately, the last scenery goes with gorgeous florid maple leaves interweaving with the crystal blue sky. The ever eccentric, frightened “bad man” turns optimistic with life after an accidental drowning, and what’s more, no barrier exists anymore between his daughter and him. As it were, the sweet scenery is the mirror of Norman’s innermost being.


On the other side, as an ethical family film, On Golden Pond unfolds senior’s anxiety and psychological crisis while facing the senility and death. Throughout the film, the existentialism narration skill is best demonstrated as to the perfect portrait of the image of “Norman”.


On Golden Pond had been awarded several Oscar Prizes not only because of the poetic scenes and graceful music, but also the hero Henry Fonda’ s faultless annotation of the image “Norman”, a low-spirited odd father. Henry Fonda, with every of old Norman’s expression soaked in stubbornness and panic, succeeded in manifesting the old man’s hesitation faced with sundry family affairs. Despite of the reality restrictions, Norman is always trying seeking self-worth. Sartre, the presenter of existentialist philosophy, perpetuated the idea that everyone was responsible for his choice, action and value. And existentialist philosophy advocates that a man is able to go into self-selection to seek out the meaning of existence although in pessimistic or even hopeless condition, in a manner of speaking, the image of “Norman” is a positive exploration of it.


Firstly, existentialism is ridiculous and aimed at the weakness of human nature. In one scene, the shot is focused on the two old men by the fireplace, Norman in the feature wears a stilted face with little action, and he is having a debate with Thayer about death. “Maybe he wants to commit suicide, or set himself on fire. He should fly leaping in the fireplace and do final struggle. That’s wonderful to finish his life in the fire! And will you help me clime up the fireplace and give me a direction when my time comes?” Norman says to Thayer. This kind of black humor is the reflection of existence, Norman feels himself negligible and windy in front of death and tries to give out deep feeling of loneliness, absurdity and value of life.


Nevertheless, Sartre’ s existentialist philosophy is actually opposite to fatalism and it calls for affirmative action to change the environment and destiny. Once Norman missed his way while collecting strawberries in the woods, he was fearful and taking a hard and jerky breath. And he sped up to reentry his familiar path. It can be concluded that despite of the haggard body, Norman is still desirable for his spiritual self-surpass.


In a nutshell, with its polished scenery shots and intriguing existentialism narration skill, On Golden Pond was a heavy bomb exploding in that incredible age when a kind of rebellion and anxiety prevailed among the society. It criticized the long-time ignorance of family relationship and recalled attention on family tenderness. So although the film was shot several decades ago, it still has crucial practical significance in today’s society. Time can go to the old, but the theme of love will always last.        


Editor: Li Meng Source: English Net

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