A blubbering mess

** Warning - if you haven't seen The Color Purple, don't watch the clip I've embedded in this post. It is the final scene and will totally wreck the movie for you. **

Last night I was doing some knitting and decided to put a DVD in to watch whilst doing it.  I looked over my collection and thought, "Hmmm... I haven't seen The Color Purple in a while."  It's a long movie so it seemed like a good choice, as it was only early evening at this point.

Okay, sure, I know it's an emotionally wrenching movie. I've seen it before several times and I always cry at various points of the film, but that's okay. I mean, I also still cry when I read Little Women and get to the scene where Beth dies but that doesn't affect my enjoyment of the experience.

So, I put the DVD in and settled down to watch. I teared up a little at the beginning. I was a trifle misty at several points during the film. I wiped away a stray tear when Celie finally got away from Mister.  But when we got to this scene...

...I was a blubbering mess. Not just crying; I was sobbing so hard I had to turn up the volume because I was drowning out the movie.

It is a truly excellent film... but next time I say, "Hey, now there's a movie I haven't seen in a while..." please remind me to have a store of clean hankies nearby.


Swift Jan said...

I have never seen it... must hire it one day.

Hippomanic Jen said...

I haven't ever seen it either, but will remember the hankies if I do.

Givinya De Elba said...

Beth DIES?!?!?

Ha haa. Made you think you spoiled the wrong movie.

Sorry, feeling childish tonight. There's no excuse.

By the way, you're so totally my sort of cat owner. If that makes sense. Everyone should look after their kitties the way you look after Sophie.

BGSydneyside said...

Am really fighting the temptation to see the clip- as I haven't seen the movie. But it sounds like I should. Is it feel good sad, or is it just plain sad? Need to be in the right mood for one or the other...

Femina said...

Don't watch the clip. It won't make any sense without context but it will ruin the ending of the movie when you finally see it.

It is sad-sad, in that many of the characters lead awful lives for most of the movie, but it's also enormously redemptive.

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