This film´s photography puts any other film´s to shame. A wonderful, truly inspired film. That is one bedtime story I want to wake up to. Jonathan leaves the flock and flies around the world. Words that were insightful, thoughtful, introspective and, most of all, moving.
Instead, it should be watched at a time when you just want to relax, no pressing chores calling your name, and no interruptions that you might need to deal with. Undaunted, he continues to soar onward in his quest - one that leads him to envision another world - one of love, understanding, achievement, hope and individuality. Author sued Paramount Pictures before the film's release for having too many discrepancies between the film and the book. Undaunted, he continues to soar onward in his quest - one that leads him to envision another world - one of love, understanding, achievement, hope and individuality. However, photography alone does not make a great movie.
The Elders of the shame Jonathan for doing things the other never dare to do. When I'm troubled I watch the movie or listen to the cd and remember that it's the striving in life that makes us who we are, not our present problems. This extremely well done movie reminds me of the deepest parts of myself, still yearning for fulfillment. Although the second half has noticeable color washes and scratches at certain points, the shots of the California coast are truly spectacular, and look very good in this transfer. Whereas the original novella was a commercial success, the film version was poorly received by critics and barely broke even at the box office, though it was nominated for two : and. The judge ordered the studio to make some rewrites before it was released. Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a visionary cinematic achievement of stunning beauty.
But each and every time you try to give Jonathan Livingston Seagull its due, you realize all this intangible, incorporeal gobbledygook is supposed to be coming out of freaking birds, and the waves of laughter just roll on and on, man. Despite the politics that plagued the production, I applaud Hall Bartletts vision. Neil Diamond won a Grammy for the soundtrack of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but seriously, it's one of the most bombastic, puerile pieces of music I've ever heard. The film was produced by filming actual seagulls, then superimposing human dialogue over it. His songs are, if possible, even worse.
The Extras: There are, unfortunately, no extras for Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. He gushes, he trembles, he. This movie sings: wake up and live again! I can remember the occasion as if it were yesterday. It also has the great score by Neil Diamond, and then woven throughout this is the original story by Richard Bach.
Numerous evocative sequences like that are caught in Jonathan Livingston Seagull, including a particular favorite where Jonathan tentatively makes his way across a sea of red sand in the desert. For those of you who have not read the book; this is a must-see. It also warns strongly against the fear and peer-pressure that so often distract seekers from their highest goals. After all, how the hell were you going get across Bach's banal, quasi-religious parable by using real birds? It's the worst kind of New Agey drivel that even people back in the Seventies didn't really buy they only used it to pick up people, actually. Now, I know for a fact that my older brothers enjoyed it. The novel is great and the film is almost a page for page filmatization of the book.
Watching Jonathan Livingston Seagull today, I pretty much had the same reaction I had seeing it thirty-four years ago. It isn't supposed to be any good. The suit was dismissed without a trial, petitioned on the grounds that extensive public school and cultural use of the film had robbed it of common-law copyright protection. Director Bartlett had allegedly violated a term in his contract with Bach which stated that no changes could be made to the film's adaptation without Bach's consent. Jonathan shows an intense and extraordinary passion for flight, learning everything he possibly can about flying.
Trying to master high-speed flight, he's castigated by the Elders of the Flock head elder bird by Hal Holbrook for not only pursuing the useless skill of speed, but also, more dangerously, for flouting the conventions of the Flock, and for being an individual bird a heavy, heavy theme in 1970, man. Eventually, I got up and went downstairs to find out what I had been listening to, and I discovered that it was Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Neil Diamond. It's a pleasant dream when you need one. I cannot understand how, in Britain at least, this film got relegated to art-house status and didn't get the wide release it dererves. However it is a tad long and one´s interest in the philosophical bird diminishes near the end. I bought the album and wore it out after many playings over many years.
The flying scenes are quite impressive, as well, with a stunt plane used to capture some of the high-speed flying, as seen from Jonathan's perspective. It would have been nice to see something on how the bird effects were done, or on the reception of the film, but it's understandable that this notorious flop with the critics wouldn't garner any special treatment. This Academy Award-nominated film features a Grammy-and Golden Globe-winning score from music legend Neil Diamond, and features the voice talents of James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, and Hal Holbrook. Am I fulfilling my purpose in life? I can only say that everyone who is having a rough day should see this film and listen to the music often. This Academy Award-nominated film features a Grammy-and Golden Globe-winning score from music legend Neil Diamond, and features the voice talents of James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, and Hal Holbrook. It contains a lot of sweeping ocean scenery, with of course lots of wonderful footage of seagulls.