March 23, 2020

Metaphysics in Movies: Out on a Limb (1987)

Part of the series in which I recommend movies that force us to consider aspects of reality beyond the physical. 

Out on a Limb (TV Mini Series 1987)

Key Theme: Spiritual quest of Hollywood actress Shirley MacLaine

Section: Both parts, especially part two with the journey to Peru

Why is it Notable:

#1. For a fascinating portrayal of the inner struggle she faced in her quest to seek meaning in life;

#2. for including unexplained phenomenon in the film without the fear of ridicule and far ahead of its time;

#3 for the extremely short turn around time from book to movie (three years) and especially remarkable for an actress to act as herself in a biographical movie

About This Film: 

Six time Oscar nominated actress Shirley MacLaine portrays herself in screen adaptation of her autobiography by the same name. It was made for TV in two parts, first one is two and half hours and second part is around two hours. It starts with her affair with a politician from England which leads her on a journey to seek answers to the questions she has about her life and relationships. A character called David acts as her spiritual guide in this journey. The second part is mainly about her struggle to come to terms with the teachings she learns from David and through experiences she has herself.






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