Friday, May 14, 2010

the book of proverbs: woody allen style

So I had to give a seminar at uni this week about Crimes and Misdemeanours, which meant I was living and breathing Woody Allen for a good few days there.

And as a result, I pretty much turned the Book of Proverbs in to a Woody Allen film in my head. **

It goes like this - "Wisdom" is Woody's latest girlfriend (playing on the way proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman)...

The movie starts with the phrase "Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.." (quoting from Chapter 4 of Proverbs)

Followed by this voice reciting a chunk of Chapter 4 (see below), over images of Woody and his girl walking down a Manhattan street:

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will set a garland of grace on your head
and present you with a crown of splendor."

Ok so when I said I'd turned the entire book of Proverbs into a woody allen film, I meant the first few chapters into the opening credits. hmmm

But the story would be about how Woody's character gains actual wisdom through his hapless pursuit of the girl, named Wisdom. Get it? YEAH. See it totally works, because it plays on his Jewish heritage, explores characteristically deep themes, while still making room for a whole lot of irony and laughs at his expense. And just imagine, all the scenes could be based on proverbs. And each scene could end with the lesson he's supposed to have learnt. And as he fails at getting "Wisdom" (the girl), he gets actual wisdom. It's gold.

**lack of sleep may have contributed to this idea

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