The movie does a good job of portraying each side; Ken's personal decision to die and those around him who are morally and personally against it. The creator of an art expressed in all its different dimensions, round in relief, imagery, symbolism, all vanished in seconds. However if in Act 1 I see Ken as a powerless disabled patient controlled by the nurses, the doctors and the whole medical system, in Act 2 it seems that the atmosphere of powerlessness changes: the author brings the audience into the courtroom setting, where Harrison after all becomes in control of his life and death. In Act 1, tension reaches the highest point in the scene, when Ken refuses to take Valium. Which of the above views does the play encourage you to share? But, since then a more controversial issue is getting assistance to die which is not dealt with here though it in later films like The Sea Inside and Million Dollar Baby. Though Ken has a strong spirit and is basically good-natured, he cannot accept the fate of never being able to perform his craft again and seeks to be set free and allowed to die. T is admitted to the orthopedic unit after an open reduction of a fractured… 1244 Words 5 Pages even if male dominated.
Kevorkian brought the right to die into the national spotlight and made it a subject of public debate, Richard Dreyfuss's magnificent performance and Brian Clark's wonderful screenplay made the most cogent and realistic fictional argument I've seen on the issue. Emerson, the attending physician, believes that Ken is merely depressed and that if given more time will choose to live. Entitled, Whose Life is it Anyway? The play takes up six months after the accident, as Ken is starting to realise the full extent of his injuries. The result has been the inevitable conclusion that some people are less valuable than others. Along with the above-mentioned means of upholding the attention of the audience, Clark proficiently uses humour. Despite the fact that his physical condition has not changed Dr. The camera also visits the studio where he worked as a sculptor, plus a variety of corners of the hospital, including a basement that becomes the setting for an informal rock concert to which Ken is surreptiously wheeled by his friends.
In countries where patients can choose to end what they consider an intolerable existence with a handy pill of some kind, they can sit back and possibly enjoy life again because now they can control the moment of non-existence. But since he is incapable of killing himself and euthanasia is illegal, the only way he can achieve his goal is by discharging himself from hospital. What we learn about ethics and how to make decisions may be useful in this real world. D Severely injured people are too depressed to be able to make rational decisions. It is both witty and compassionate, thoughtful and fast-moving. Hill and of lawyers generally? Think about who said the following and in what circumstances. Boyle, in reply to Ken, pointing out that medical staff have to keep their distance from patients in order to do their job page 29.
Choose a play set in a society whose values conflict with those of a central character or characters. The patient was not the only one affected, and that the medical professionals are as well. Each was special in it's own way, in one, you spend more time getting to know the person before her accident while the other with Richard Dreyfus, you didn't get to know him very well until after his accident which happens right near the beginning. A battle for a human life. . Showing contrasting characters of Dr.
A gender reversal found in the lead role, renamed Claire, and as her now-male doctor. Whose Life Is It Anyway? After many struggles and set-backs, Ken is allowed to die, but against the doctors' People are generally more aware of euthanasia and the effects it has in the present day as there is so much more media which provides us with up-to-date information quickly and easily i. Reminds me of the Zen question: who were you before you were born or even conceived. The entire cast provide great performances including Christine Lahti, John Cassavetes, Bob Balaban but it is Richards Dreyfuss which makes this film as brilliant as it is. He is left a quadriplegic.
So does the structure of Mr. Michael Emerson John Cassavetes is the hard-nosed supervisor who insists that he knows what's best. Life,health, all temporary activities are subordinated to spiritual ends. The movie deals with many hypothesis about the right to die. Interesting, Memorable and Dramatic for a modern audience. True, human life is a veryimportant gift which we should protect and foster.
And this is where it makes its point: there is no universal justification for death and the world has no right to interfere in the sphere of anyone's consciousness. Rubinstein; produced by Lawrence P. The film is highly effective but not pretentious or preachy in the least. But he is more exposed, more eager for approval, qualities that the camera here amplifies to his advantage. When sculptor Ken Harrison is permanently paralysed by an accident, he resolves to die rather than live in his physically helpless state. Of course others believe in some kind of reincarnation. They cannot deliberately let a conscious person die.
Product details Genres Director Starring , , Supporting actors , , , , , Studio Warner Home VideoWarner Bros. This would not be so in the 1970s as people were a lot less informed of their rights thirty years ago. This is a great movie for future nurses, etc. The film's plot turns on a legal decision, but the film argues more broadly through its details that Ken's situation is, for him, insupportable, and that he should have control of his treatment. The characters tend to have extra tics Mr. The stage version premiered in 1978 at the in London, and subsequently opened on in 1979. In Act 1 Ken seems to be very much alone: his disability makes him different and distances him from the people he encounters.
Does Clarkpresent arguments for and against assisted suicide without prejudicing the audience in Whose Life Is It Anyway? Dr Emerson pages 20, 65, 69. For example, he says to Dr. You just grow the vegetables here: the vegetable store is somewhere else. John Cassavetes i excellent in his role, intense as Dr. The central character in 'Whose Life Is It Anyway? Therefore, in my view I think that the play does use every device to persuade us that Ken is right. A brilliant battle of wits takes place in this extraordinary play.
Only able to move his shoulders and head, Ken feels helplessly out of control of his own life. Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome! Dreyfuss, his central performance is truly that. The sculptor Ken Harrison Richard Dreyfuss is badly injured in a car accident and finds himself in the middle of life permanently paralyzed below the neck and dependent on others for his care and survival. The scene of the courtroom showdown can be regarded as the highest climax of the play, as the audience realizes that the conflict is going to be resolved after the judge reaches his final verdict. Nonetheless, I thought this a good treatment of the subject matter. Emerson, the hospital administrator, is staunchly opposed to euthanasia, and is determined to keep his patient alive even against his wishes. She wants babies — real ones.