Thursday, February 2, 2017

It's "I Got You Babe" Day

Being Canadian, this is the morning we wake up to Sonny and Cher's 'I Got You Babe' coming from the clock radio next to the bed.  If anyone mentions Deja Vu, I start to sing the first bars of the song.  So here we are at Groundhog Day. The synopsis of the movie is wonderfully written at Wikipedia 'here'.  The most interesting section for me is on Time loop duration speculations.  

Time loop duration speculations

Estimates regarding how long Phil supposedly remains trapped in the loop, in real time, vary widely. During filming, Ramis, who was a Buddhist, observed that according to Buddhist doctrine, it takes 10,000 years for a soul to evolve to its next level. Therefore, he said, in a spiritual sense, the entire arc of Groundhog Day spans 10,000 years. In the DVD commentary, Ramis estimated a real-time duration of 10 years. Later, Ramis told a reporter, "I think the 10-year estimate is too short. It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years." In 2005, Rubin said, "Ultimately it became this weird political issue because if you asked the studio, 'How long was the repetition?', they'd say, 'Two weeks'. But the point of the movie to me was that you had to feel you were enduring something that was going on for a long time ... For me it had to be—I don't know. A hundred years. A lifetime." In 2014, the website WhatCulture combined various time duration assumptions and estimated that Phil spent a total of 12,395 days—just under 34 years—reliving Groundhog Day.
Danny Rubin was author of the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Harold Ramis.  He wrote a book on writing the movie - How to Write Groundhog Day.  Here is the hilarious promo page: 

Buy it today! What if tomorrow never comes?

  • Screenwriters
    • How and why did the original screenplay change?
  • Philosophers 
    • Was this comedy influenced by Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence?
  • Fans
    • How long did the time loop last?
  • New Screenwriters
    • Seven acts?  It had seven acts?
  • Psychologists
    • Was the structure really based on Kübler-Ross’ stages of death and dying?
  • Lovers
    • Was it always a romantic comedy?
  • Guys
    • Which movie star with the initials A.MacD. sat on the screenwriter’s lap?
  • Buddhists
    • How much will this book cost?
Danny Rubin seems to be truly thankful and happy for this experience.  I checked out his blog called Blogus Groundhogus.  The latest entry is February 2015, so I'll assume that is sufficiently recent to indicate things.

Our Koi looks like it is entering a portal gate.  This was a reflection of a bridge at the Jacksonville Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  And of course, we continue the heart theme.

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